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Center for Collaborative Problem Solving
Dedicated to understanding and meeting the behavioral challenges of angry, inflexible children. Includes an innovative, well-defined approach to intervention amenable to the needs of most families.

Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's Connection
Interactive web site that allows individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, their families and anyone with an interest in Asperger's to interact and support one another. Expert panels provide professional guidance and short courses to site visitors.

Autism Research Centre (ARC) (England)
Research program directed by Simon Baron-Cohen, Ph.D. Includes several tests which can be downloaded to assist in diagnosis of autism or Asperger's disorder.

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
Comprehensive information about ADHD including evidence-based treatments, new research and links to individual state chapters of CHADD.

Early Childhood Development

The Incredible Years
Information on managing aggression and conduct problems in young children. Links to many resources for specific behavioral challenges emphasizing research-based practices.

Emotional Literacy

Child's Work Child's Play
Distributes wide range of therapeutic games including those designed to improve social understanding, self-awareness, and prosocial behavior.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Promotes coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school.

Kids EQ: The Children's Emotional Literacy Project
Advocacy organization dedicated to improving emotional literacy among children. Links to relevant books and resources.

Roots of Empathy (Canada)
Classroom-based parenting program that aims to reduce aggression through the fostering of empathy and emotional literacy. The program reaches children aged 3 to 14 years.

Learning Disabilities

All Kinds of Minds
Institute directed by Dr. Mel Levine, providing an integrative overview of learning disabilities, training for professionals, and Dr. Levine's approach to assessment.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
National advocacy organization dedicated to disseminating information on learning disabilities and related legislation. Helpful in understanding your child's rights in school. Also includes links to LDA state chapters.

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC)
Useful information about learning disabilities and related resources in Canada. Discuses school policies and legislation specific to Canadian education.

Broad range of information about learning disabilities and their implications for academic and social development.

Schwab Foundation for Learning
Membership organization that provides thorough discussion of learning disabilities, accompanied by lots of information on how families can effectively intervene to help children. Includes overview of auditory processing deficits and their relationship with learning challenges.

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

NLD On the Web
Focuses on nonverbal learning disabilities and includes information on subtypes, diagnostic criteria, and links to parent-friendly resources.

Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association
Useful information about nonverbal learning disorders and how they may be manifest at home and school. Includes suggestions for treatment options.

Parenting Advice / Discussion

Kidsource Online
Provides online forums for discussing parenting strategies for a variety of behavioral concerns related to children of all ages.

Natural Family Online
Addresses many common childhood developmental concerns. Emphasizes ideas and suggestions for a holistic approach to children's health, including behavioral difficulties.

New Horizons for Learning
Information for families with children who have special needs, including those who are gifted. Updates on neuroscientific research that may be helpful in determining your child's needs.

Programs for Schools

Child Development Project (CDP)
Multi-year school program to improve learning skills and respectful connections among students, educators, and parents. Emphasizes integration of academic, social, and emotional goals and can be implemented at any school.


American Board of Professional Psychology
Contact information for board-certified psychologists in diverse clinical specialties, organized by state.

American Psychological Association
Largest professional organization of psychologists, providing wide range of information to professionals and the public. Includes recommended resources for specific behavioral problems and information about how to find a qualified psychologist.

Social Anxiety

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association
http://www.social phobia.org
Information about social anxiety and phobias including diagnostic criteria, treatment options, and a moderated discussion of anxiety-related topics.

Speech, Language & Communication

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Extensive information on speech and language disorders, referral service to speech/language pathologists and guidance about how they can potentially help your child.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health

Government site providing statistics on communication disorders, current programs of research, clinical trials, and training opportunities.


Anger and Inflexibility

Greene, Ross B. The Explosive Child, Harper Collins, New York, 2001.

Boys: More About their Psychology and Behavior

Gurian, Michael. Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco,

Kindlon, Dan &Thompson, Michael. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Ballantine, New York, 1999.

Macmillan, Bonnie. Why Boys are Different and How to Bring Out the Best in Them, Barron's, New York, 2004.

Pollack, William. Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood, Henry Holt, New York, 1998.

Brain-Based Gender Differences

Baron-Cohen, Simon. The Essential Difference: The Truth about the Male & Female Brain, Basic Books, New York, 2003.

Moir, Ann & Jessel, David. Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men & Women, Carol Publishing, New York.

Emotional Literacy

Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can matter More Than IQ, Bantam, New York, 1997.

Gottman, John. The Heart of Parenting: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1997.

Learning and Attention Problems

Barkley, Russell A. Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents (Revised Edition), Guilford, New York, 2000.

Levine, Mel. A Mind At A Time, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2002.

Rourke, Byron P. Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: The Syndrome and the Model, Guilford, New York, 1989.

Thompson, Sue. Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at School: Educating Students with NLD, Asperger's Syndrome and Related Conditions, Routledge, London, 2002.

Medication Questions

Wilens, Timothy. Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications For Kids, Guilford, New York, 2004.

Neurodevelopmental Issues

Gopnik, Alison, Meltzoff, Andrew N, & Kuhl, Patricia K. The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn, William Morrow and Company, New York, 1999.

Healy, Jane M. Endangered Minds: Why Our Children Don't Think, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1990.

Social Skills

Nowicki, Stephen & Duke, Marshall. Helping the Child Who Doesn't Fit In, Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta.

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