Resources for Parents

Brain Building

Brain Building Oregon | Oregon Department of Education – Early Learning Division
Helpful examples for parents and caregivers who want to build their children’s brains.

Parenting Information & Education

Linn-Benton Community College | Kids and Families
LBCC offers a range of programs and services—both to parents and those interested in providing child care.

Parenting Success Network
A coalition of organizations in Linn and Benton counties providing educational programs and support services to enhance parents’ ability to raise healthy children in caring homes.

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
Provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

Children with Special Needs

A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities
A free resource guide that empowers caregivers with answers to FAQs, tip sheets, checklists and other resources

Playgrounds for All Children: A Guide to Lighting and Designing Play Areas for Kids With Special Needs

Children with Autism

Autism Society of America
Provides advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels.

Autism Speaks
Sponsors autism research and conducts outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.

The Autism Community in Action
Provides education, support and hope to families living with autism.

Autism Resource Center | American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Consumer-friendly definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, clinical resources, and expert videos.

Autism Support Network
Free resources for adults, parents and children seeking information and support for autism spectrum disorder.

STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
Treatment, research and education center for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder, including feeding and other disorders with sensory issues such as autism and ADHD.

The Out-of-Sync Child
The book explains Sensory Processing Disorder and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents.

Advocating for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Making sure your kids get a fair and useful education involves more complicated considerations and decisions.

The Ultimate Guide to Helping Children With Autism Sleep Soundly at Night
It can be difficult for children with autism and other special needs to fall asleep and stay asleep at night.

Sensory-Friendly Home Modifications for Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder
When you have a child or family member on the autism spectrum, creating a safe and functional home environment is an important task.

Traveling with Autism: How to Handle Safety, Transitions and Time in Transit
Traveling is more complicated when you have a child on the autism spectrum but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. With advance planning, you can make transitions and time in transit a lot more manageable.

Moving With Autism: How to Plan Your Transition to a New Home
If you have a loved one with autism, you know how important predictability and routines are. Although you can’t eliminate all anxiety a move may cause, you can do many things to make the process easier.

Is a Therapy Dog Right for Your Child with Autism?
Some families explore bringing an autism therapy dog into their family. While there can be benefits, a therapy dog may not be the right fit for every child or family.

Speech Therapy Exercises to Try with Your Child with Autism
Speech therapy helps build your child’s expressive and receptive language skills to help him/her communicate effectively.

Mental Health

Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness – Part 1
Learn the facts, understand the stigma and find out what you can do to help.

Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness – Part 2
Separating the myths from reality. Learn that recovery is possible.

Find Teen Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers Near You
Generates a local listing of all the teen addiction treatment centers in your community.

Parents’ Guide to Helping Teens Recover from Addiction
How to recognize the signs of addiction and take action to curb destructive behaviors.

Sleep Guide For Anxiety
This guide covers how anxiety and sleep are interrelated, change with age, and what you can do to improve both.

Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association
A national professional association established to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students and improve the quality of occupational therapy services.

Handwriting Without Tears
An award-winning curriculum that offers multisensory strategies and materials to teach pencil grip, letter formation, and the literacy skills that are needed for print and cursive handwriting.

How Does Your Engine Run?
The guide introduces the Alert Program to occupational therapists, parents, teachers, and other professionals. Promotes awareness of how we regulate arousal states and encourages use of sensorimotor strategies to manage levels of alertness.

Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association
Professional organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy.

UCP Oregon
Assisting adults and kids of all ages, who experience all kinds of developmental disabilities.

IMPACT: Individualized Movement and Physical Activity for Children Today
A physical activity program for children, youth and young adults with special needs.

Speech Therapy

When to Take Your Child to the SLP
Provides in-depth information on conditions that may affect a child’s speech and language development, and explains how speech pathologists provide therapy for these conditions. Each section includes signs and symptoms, as well as links to further readings.

Dealing with Traumatic Events

Coping with Grief After Community Violence
Tips for coping with grief after an incident of community violence. Introduces signs of grief and anger, provides useful information about coping, and offers tips for helping children deal with grief.

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events
Children respond to trauma in many different ways. Knowing the signs that are common at different ages can help parents and teachers recognize problems and respond appropriately.

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Tips on how to go on living your daily life and strengthen your resilience following a traumatic event.