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ADHD Miscellaneous
Asperger's Syndrome Sensory Processing Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders Social / Emotional
Down Syndrome Speech and Language
Epilepsy For Teachers
Learning Disabilities Vision
Mental Illness  

 

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ADHD 
A Look at ADHD Information related to ADHD
ADHD and Depression Information about children with ADHD and depression
ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Information about children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders
ADHD and Sleep Disorders Information about children with ADHD and sleep disorders
ADHD and Tourette Syndrome Information about children with ADHD and Tourette Syndrome
ADHD Fact Sheet Basic information about ADHD
ADHD: Managing Medication Information about managing medication for children with ADHD
ADHD: Treatment Information about treatment options for children with ADHD
Identifying and Treating ADHD Information related to ADHD
NIMH: ADHD Informational brochure about ADHD
What is ADHD? Information on ADHD and how it is diagnosed
 
Asperger's Syndrome 
Asperger’s Syndrome

Overview, symptoms, tests and treatment

The National Autistic Society What is Asperger’s syndrome?
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome Article written by Susan Stokes listing characteristics/learning styles and intervention strategies
Asperger’s Checklist Useful tool in helping recognize the traits of Asperger’s Syndrome
 
Autism Spectrum Disorders 
AMC Theatres: Sensory Friendly Films Listing of sensory friendly films shown at AMC Theatres, including AMC Pekin 14
Autism and Down Syndrome Information about dual diagnosis, Down Syndrome and Autism
Autism Apps List of iPad/Tablet apps for people with ASD
Autism/PDD Information on diagnosing Autism and PDD
Autism Society Information and resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Speaks Information and resources about Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorders 4-Step Parent Guide Basic parent guide explaining what to do if a parent suspects their child has ASD
Illinois Autism Project Illinois Autism Training & Technical Assistance Project, includes information and resources for parents and professionals
Illinois Parent Guide 2012 In depth guide with information about Autism Spectrum Disorders; includes many links to other resources as well as printable resources
M-CHAT Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers; answer questions to assess your child’s possible risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Protecting Children with Autism Who Wander Includes tips for protecting children with autism who have a tendency to wander, as well as printable forms to provide information to neighbors and local authorities
The Up Side of Downs: Down Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorder Information about dual diagnosis, Down Syndrome and Autism
  

  

Down Syndrome 
About Down Syndrome & Autism Spectrum Disorders Fact sheet about Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder dual diagnosis
Autism and Down Syndrome Information about dual diagnosis, Down Syndrome and Autism
Down Syndrome – Autism Connection Information and resources for Down Syndrome/Autism dual diagnosis
downsyndrome.com Information about Down Syndrome and networking opportunities for parents
Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association Information and local resources related to Down Syndrome
National Down Syndrome SocietyNational Down Syndrome Society Information and resources related to Down Syndrome
The Up Side of Downs: Down Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorder Information about dual diagnosis, Down Syndrome and Autism
 

 

Epilepsy   
Epilepsy Foundation: For Parents Information for parents about epilepsy
Epilepsy.com: Kids Simple information for kids about epilepsy
Epilepsy.com: My Seizure Plan Printable seizure preparedness worksheet
Epilepsy.com: Teens Basic information for teens about epilepsy
Seizure Instruction Sheet Printable page for dealing with seizures
Seizures Site for parents explaining seizure disorder
   
Learning Disabilities 
Great Schools: Assistive Technology and LD Article discussing an overview of assistive technology for children with learning disabilities
Great Schools: Dad's Getting Involved Article giving tips on how fathers can become involved with children who struggle in school
Great Schools: How a Therapist Can Help Article discussing how a counselor or therapist can help families of children with learning difficulties
Great Schools: Learning Difficulties Various resources concerning students with learning difficulties
Great Schools: Learning Disabilities and Sibling Issues Article discussing issues of siblings of children with learning disabilities
Great Schools: Questions to Ask a Tutor Printable checklist of questions to ask when deciding on a tutor for your child with learning difficulties
Great Schools: Questions to Ask Prospective Counselors or Therapists Printable checklist of questions to ask when finding a counselor or therapist
Great Schools: Talking about LD Article discussing tips for talking to other family members about your child's learning disability
Great Schools: What Kids Say about LD Article discussing how kids with learning disabilities feel, as well as parent tips
Learning Disabilities Worldwide Informational resource for parents, students, and professionals
LD Online Informational resource for parents and students
National Center for Learning Disabilities Informational resource for parents, students, and professionals
The Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities Information and warning signs of learning disabilities, listed by age group
  

  

Mental Illness 
Bipolar Disorder Basic information about Bipolar Disorder in children and adolescents
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses Information on various mental disorders in children
  

  

Miscellaneous 
CDC Downloadable Materials Printable informational resources about disabilities and developmental milestones
CDC: Children Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information and resources related to children ages 4 to 11 years
CDC: Infants and Toddlers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information and resources related to children ages 0 to 3 years
CDC: Teens Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information and resources related to children ages 12 to 19 years
Common Tics of Tourette Syndrome List of common tics associated with Tourette Syndrome
Family Matters Illinois-based training and information center for parents of children with special needs
FDA Food and Drug Administration recall, market withdrawal, and safety alert information
Illinois Assistive Technology Program: Device Loan Apply for loan of a variety of assistive technology devices
Is My Child Dyslexic? Informational fact sheet about dyslexia and other related learning differences
Kid’s Health:  Medical Problems

Extensive information on various childhood diseases and disabilities

My Child Without Limits Information and resources related to children with disabilities
National Fragile X Foundation Information and resources related to Fragile X Syndrome
NICHCY Disability information and resources for families
NORD National Organization for Rare Disorders – basic information on various rare disorders
Overview of OCD General overview of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Overview of Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome General overview of Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome
Selective Mutism Information and resources about Selective Mutism
Special Olympics: Illinois Information about Special Olympics in Illinois
Spina Bifida: Fact Sheets Downloadable fact sheets about Spina Bifida and related issues.
Technology for People with Intellectual Disabilities General information and list of resources related to technology use by people with disabilities
United Cerebral Palsy: One-Stop Resource Guide Links provide information about Cerebral Palsy and related issues.
Zero to Three Information and resources related to early childhood development
  

  

Sensory Processing Disorders 
AMC Theatres: Sensory Friendly Films Listing of sensory friendly films shown at AMC Theatres, including AMC Pekin 14
Family Education: Sensory Integration Collection of articles explaining sensory integration issues; free registration required to access some items
Practical Solutions Practical tips for completing everyday tasks with children with sensory concerns
Sensory Checklist Printable checklist to assess your child’s sensory concerns
Sensory Diet Ideas for creating a plan of sensory activities for children with sensory concerns
Sensory Processing Disorder Information and resources related to Sensory Processing Disorder
 

 

Social/Emotional 
Back-to-School Anxiety Suggestions for helping children cope with back-to-school anxiety
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens Information related to Bipolar Disorder
Great Schools: Angry Children Article discussing tips for families dealing with child anger issues
Make the Most of Playtime Information and practical strategies related to developing social/emotional skills through playtime
Panic Disorder in Children and Teens Basic information about panic disorder
Separation Anxiety in Children and Teens Basic information about separation anxiety
Positive Solutions for Families 8 practical tips for dealing with challenging behavior in young children
Project Reach: Parents Information for parents related to dealing with challenging behavior
Reacting to Your Child’s Bite Information and practical strategies to deal with children who bite others
Separation Anxiety Disorder Suggestions for helping children cope with Separation Anxiety Disorder
Social Story Tips Tips for writing social stories for children
Strategies for Dealing with Kids Who Lie Article about reasons kids lie and how to handle lying
Teaching Your Child About Feelings Information and practical strategies related to teaching young children about feelings
Teaching Your Child to: Cooperate with Requests Information and practical strategies related to teaching children to cooperate with requests
Teaching Your Child to: Identify and Express Emotions Information and practical strategies related to helping children identify and express emotions
Tips and Ideas for Making Visuals Suggestions for making visuals to support children’s behavior; meant for teachers but could be used at home as well
 
Speech and Language  
American Sign Language Video and written explanation for 1 word signs
American Speech – Language – Hearing Association General information on speech and language
ASL Pro Video dictionary of American Sign Language; also includes videos of religious signs, conversational phrases, and ASL for babies

Baby Sign Language

Information and resources related to baby sign language; includes videos and descriptions of signs, as well as printable posters and flashcards
Delayed Speech or Language Development Site for parents explaining typical language development, warning signs, causes, and role of speech pathologists
LD Online: Speech and Language Milestone Chart Checklist of communication milestones by age and suggestions for encouraging language development
Signing Savvy Videos and pictures showing alphabet, numbers, and words in sign language; type in the sign you’re looking for or search by category
Speech & Language Development Speech and Language Development information via an eXe Learning Object created in-district
Speech-Language Therapy Site for parents explaining specific speech/language disorders, and ideas for remediation
Stuttering Information about stuttering in children
Your Child’s Communication Development Checklists by grade level of typical communication development and suggestions for parents
   
For Teachers   
Common Tics of Tourette Syndrome  List of common tics associated with Tourette Syndrome
Creating a Student-Friendly Environment for Students with ADHD  Checklist for organizing the classroom to support students with ADHD
Down Syndrome Education Support Pack: Part 1  Information related to Down Syndrome for teachers and others
Down Syndrome Education Support Pack: Part 2  Continuation of Support Pack Part 1
 Identifying and Treating ADHD  Information related to ADHD
 IEP Checklist: Hearing Loss  Checklist of IEP accommodations for students with hearing impairments
 NICHCY  Disability information and resources for teachers and administrators
 Teaching Children with ADHD

Information and practical ideas for the classroom  

 

 

Vision 
Children’s Eye Health Information Information about vision-related conditions that can affect children
Children’s Vision Information Network Information about children’s vision
Children’s Vision: What Parents Need to Know Information about vision needs of children
Perkins Scout Information clearinghouse on blindness and visual impairment
   

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