Recommended Websites for Parents about Children’s Mental Health

Clinicians and pediatricians are often the first experts sought by parents when they have questions about their children’s mental health. Twenty years ago it required an appointment or a phone call to get this information. Sure, there were books on broader topics such as ADHD, autism, and childhood depression, but very few places to learn about parenting and educational strategies for kids with modest learning, attention, and social/emotional difficulties. Fortunately, the Internet now provides a great deal of up-to-date information about children’s mental health issues. Unfortunately, childcare professionals generally do not know the most informative and reliable sources of information for parents. Here are some of the best sites for parents, educators, and clinicians about children’s mental health issues:

South County Child and Family Consultants  

This is one of the best resources for information and recommendations for parents on topics such as executive functions, ADHD, autism, and healthy living who are looking for what to do and how to do it. It also has extensive mental-health related bibliographies for parents and kids, information about neuropsychological testing, and easy-to-print/share handouts that clinicians can provide to their patients.

CHADD

This is a resource to help parents understand the topic of ADHD that has an excellent question and answer section.

Commonsense Media  

This source assists parents in helping their children with special needs to get involved with new technology and the media. It provides way to get these children more involved with different games, apps, and devices that can be useful for them.

American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association provides advocacy for a variety of children’s mental health issues. The site helps readers make the connection between physical and mental health.

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association is responsible for the DSM-V, the diagnostic system used for childhood psychiatric disorders. It provides a resource for learning more about the warning signs of psychiatric issues.

ADDitude Magazine

This resource can help parents of children with ADHD learn proper discipline techniques and positive parenting skills and details learning resources.

NASP

This is a great source of information about many parenting issues that contains a wide range of information regarding school psychologists

WebMD

This provides excellent information on medical concerns, including parenting techniques, and discusses different behavior/disciplinary techniques and safe and healthy habits.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention  

This is a comprehensive site on children’s mental health issues that offers potential diagnoses on children’s mental health disorders and what actions are considered the most beneficial.

NIMH

This link refers to the National Institute of Mental Health and is a great way to look for publications and research facilities. It provides information on how to seek the best help based upon children’s mental health issues.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic provides integrated medical practices and education that have to do with health, medicine, and treating/coping strategies.

 

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