Descanso Medical Center
for Development and Learning
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
1346 Foothill Blvd. Suite 301
La Canada, CA 91011
ADDvance (www.addvance.com) - Information for Adults with ADD (ADHD)
free monthly newsletter
Support Group for ADHD Children and ADHD Adults
ADHD news.com is home to thousands of parents of children coping with ADHD
A public service campaign with Howie Mandel..
founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD. www.chadd.org The National Resource Center on AD/HD: (www.help4adhd.org) - A Program of CHADD, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) affects how millions of children and adults function on a daily basis. The NRC was created to meet the information needs of both professionals and the general public.
parents of one of the millions of children who suffer from
excessive fears and anxieties.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Resource- from the American Academy of Pediatrics
This booklet, written for parents, provides critical information about autism spectrum disorders and answers all the most common questions asked by parents about ASD. ASD has lifelong conditions and this booklet will help identify symptoms so that an intervention program can be started as soon as possible.
Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org) - Autism Speaks is devoted to educating the public about autism, facilitating and funding esearch, motivating private and governmental resources, and, ultimately, helping to find a cure for
dedicated to educating parents and pediatric professionals about the early
warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders.
Floortime Foundation (www.floortimefoundation.com) - The mission of the Floortime Foundation is to redefine the potential of children with developmental and communication challenges by making the DIR/Floortime model broadly available. A Pasadena, CA organization of parents, professionals and caregivers, dedicated to providing education, resources and support to the autism community. PROFECTUM.ORG - Profectum’s DIR-FCD™ model provides an integrative framework to help parents and practitioners determine how to modify intervention at various stages of development across the lifespan. Because Every child is unique, life experiences change over time and shape development; intervention, interactions, expectations and relationships should grow with the individual while respecting each person’s thoughts, feelings, sense of self and potential.
A FREE online webcast series and workbook created just for parents!
The goal of the Profectum Parent Toolbox is to encourage and empower you to build a strong relationship with your child while fostering his or her development. The PPT will guide you in your discovery of your child’s unique sensory and motor differences that are the foundation of how he or she experiences the world and ultimately interacts with you. With a new understanding of your child’s individual strengths and challenges the PPT will help you match Profectum Toolbox Strategies to your child’s needs to support his or her engaging, playing and interacting, thinking and communicating with you. Your Profectum Parent Toolbox™ authors have been working together collaboratively for 20+ years and this program is a culmination of their experiences with families they would like to share with you!
All Kinds of Minds - Understanding Differences in Learning. Schools Attuned trains teachers how to tailor their classrooms to different learning styles. (www.allkindsofminds.org) Guysread.com (www.guysread.com) - A web-based literacy program to help boys find stuff they like to read.
Los Angeles Learning Disabilities Association
PO Box 1067, Sierra Madre CA 91025
(626) 355-0240 Email: email@example.com
LALDA is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals concerned with the problems of children and adults with learning disabilities.
LDOnline (www.ldonline.org) - A leading Web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals. Sign up to receive a free monthly newsletter! Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes (www.lindamoodbell.com) - an organization dedicated to enhancing human learning. It was founded in 1986 by Nanci Bell, Patricia Lindamood, and Phyllis Lindamood, the authors of critically acclaimed programs that teach children and adults to read, spell, comprehend and express language. This site is a companion to the PBS special Misunderstood Minds, and profiles a variety of learning problems and expert opinions. It is designed to give parents and teachers a better understanding
of learning processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding.
Visit www.SchwabLearning.org for free downloadable guides such as: ADHD
Basics, Behavior Basics, Family Issues, Fathers of Kids with Learning Problems.
Special Needs Project (www.specialneeds.com) - A unique disability bookstore - carries books, videos, DVDs and related items about mental and physical disabilities...for parents, professionals, educators, family members and persons with a disability. We have the largest collection of books about autism spectrum disorders (nearly 800 titles) we know of.
Designed to provide thinking-specific activities that
enhance problem solving skills, the Ultimate Learning
suite of software products - Problem Solvers, Fun With Feelings, and Sound Readers - enables greater social interaction and a deeper understanding of the way things work in the world around them. Ultimate Learning supports both auditory and visual data processing, while encouraging critical thinking and problem solving. For more information and free trials of their software, visit them on the web at www.ultimatelearning.net or call toll free, 1-866-DIGISOFT.
A leading resource for the understanding and treatment
of all developmental disorders, including ADHD and related problems.
National Institute of Mental Health (www.nimh.nih.gov) - Working to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain, and behavior. Health Information from NIMH includes: Whyville.com (www.whyville.com) - A "kid friendly" site that lets kids design their own look, play games, hang out with other kids and much more! Medwatch: An FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Also provides clinician data regarding safety of medications and medical devices, dietary supplements: http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety.htm Tourette Syndrome Association (http://tsa-usa.org) - Association dedicated to serving people with Tourette Syndrome and funding scientific research. TSA maintains chapters in each state and cooperates with contacts in 45 foreign countries. Inquirers receive free material and a local physician referral listing. TSA publishes materials for families, physicians, and researchers and offers a quarterly newsletter. Trichotillomania Learning Center (www.trich.org) - TLC is a national nonprofit devoted to ending the suffering caused by hair pulling & skin picking. Guided by a Scientific Advisory Board of leading researchers & clinicians, TLC is the best source for treatment referrals, support groups, educational events and much more.
Substance Abuse / Dependency
Insight (www.insighttreatment.com) - A program for teens and their families providing structured outpatient programs for teens iwth substance abuse/dependency and co-occuring disorders. La Canada Community Prevention Council - (http://www.wmadigital.com/cpc/) - The Community Prevention Council of La Cañada Flintridge, California continues to combat the illegal use of drug and alcohol, substance abuse, and family problems in our community. A new program called SafeHomes (http://www.wmadigital.com/SafeHomes/). offers foothill parents an opportunity to join together to provide a safe environment for their children as well as fostering communication among parents and between parents and young people.
The SafeHomes Program provides a way for parents to establish clear expectations of "no use" of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs by minors.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (http://www.nida.nih.gov/nidahome.html) - Education resources & materials on drugs of abuse; resources for students and young adults, parents, teachers, health professionals and researchers.
Bipolar Child Newsletter - The Bipolar Child Newsletter is sent electronically without charge to an international mailing list of over 20,000 subscribers.
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has information about internet and local support groups.
A favorite link ...
from Ms. DiAngelo's Class
Pinewood Elementary School
Online Guide: ADD/ADHD