RESOURCES - Useful Links
  Descanso Medical Center
  for Development and Learning
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
1346 Foothill Blvd. Suite 301
La Canada, CA  91011
(818) 790-1587
ADDvance ( - Information for Adults with ADD (ADHD)

ADDvice for ADD-Friendly Living ( -
free monthly newsletter
Support Group for ADHD Children and ADHD Adults
ADHD is home to thousands of parents of children coping with ADHD

Adult ADHD is Real ( - ADHD is not just for children.
A public service campaign with Howie Mandel.. 

CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention-
Deficit/HyperactivityDisorder) is a national non-profit organization
founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation
experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD.

The National Resource Center on AD/HD: ( - 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. 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America ( provides a listing of self-help and support groups for those suffering with anxiety disorders. ( - Help for the
parents of one of the millions of children who suffer from
excessive fears and anxieties. 

  Autism Spectrum Disorders
ASD Video Glossary at,, or   We hope you will recommend the site to your colleagues, friends, and families with whom you work.

Autism Resource- from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
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 ( - 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

First Signs, Inc. ( - is a national non-profit organization
dedicated to educating parents and pediatric professionals about the early
warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders. 

Floortime Foundation ( - 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.

Foothill Autism Alliance (
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!
First Signs, Inc. ( - is a national non-profit organization
dedicated to educating parents and pediatric professionals about the early
warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders. 

The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders
(ICDL) - ( - ICDL includes leading professionals from
the differrent disciplines working with children and families where there
are developmental and/or learning problems.  It's aim is to improve the
identification, prevention and treatment of developmental and learning disorders.
All Kinds of Minds - Understanding Differences in Learning.  Schools Attuned trains teachers how to tailor their classrooms to different learning styles. ( ( -  A web-based literacy program to help boys find stuff they like to read. 

Learning Disabilities Association of California

Los Angeles Learning Disabilities Association
PO Box 1067, Sierra Madre CA  91025
(626) 355-0240    Email:
LALDA is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals concerned with the problems of children and adults with learning disabilities.

LDOnline ( - 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 ( - 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.

Mathnasium - The Math Learning Center ( - a learning center where kids go after school to improve their math skills. 

Misunderstood Minds (
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 for free
downloadable guides such as: ADHD
Basics, Behavior Basics, Family Issues, Fathers of Kids with Learning Problems.

Special Needs Project ( - 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.

Ultimate Learning for Kids ( -
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 or call toll free, 1-866-DIGISOFT.

ADD Warehouse ( - 
A leading resource for the understanding and treatment
of all developmental disorders, including ADHD and related problems.

National Institute of Mental Health ( - Working to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain, and behavior.  Health Information from NIMH includes:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
Anxiety Disorders
Bipolar Disorder ( - A "kid friendly" site that lets kids design their own look, play games, hang out with other kids and much more!

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Medwatch: An FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.  Also provides clinician data regarding safety of medications and medical devices, dietary supplements:, a resource center developed by the APA and other professional and patient advocacy groups to provide information to parents and professionals regarding depression treatments for children and adolescents: Guide for Parents:

  Tourette Syndrome
NINDS Tourette Syndrome Information (

Tourette Syndrome Association ( - 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 (  - 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 ( - 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 - ( - 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 ( 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 Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (

National Institute on Drug Abuse ( - Education resources & materials on drugs of abuse; resources for students and young adults, parents, teachers, health professionals and researchers.

Surgeon General's Call to Action to Reduce Underage Drinking ( - this site contains fact sheets as well as a downloadable PDF of the full text of the surgeon general's call to action and  resources for communities, educators and families.
Bipolar Child Newsletter  -  The Bipolar Child Newsletter is sent electronically without charge to an international mailing list of over 20,000 subscribers. 
Sign up today at!

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (
has information about internet and local support groups. 

A favorite link ...
from Ms. DiAngelo's Class
Pinewood Elementary School

Online Guide: ADD/ADHD