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Fax: (954) 531-0915

Resources

Mindful Kids Miami – A non-profit organization dedicated to bringing mindfulness meditation to all children grades k-12 in Miami Dade County. “Our vision is to improve the lives of all children in the community by giving them access to mindfulness skills which reduce stress and anxiety, develop attention and focus, promote emotional regulation and impulse control, teach empathy and compassion, and create a sense of well-being.”

Mindful Living Programs – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – founder Jon Kabat Zinn

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center

UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center

Mind Life Institute

Emotional Intelligence from the source – Daniel Goleman

Building Emotional Intelligence

Parent 2 Parent – ADHD Introductory Course for parents – online and other options available
CHADD Boca Raton Chapter – Monthly informational and support group meetings, local affiliate of the national organization.
www.chadd.org – National Advocacy group of adults and children with ADHD there are many local chapters throughout the United States.
www.addwarehouse.com – Comprehensive listing of books and materials for purchase related to ADHD.

www.russellbarkley.org – Website of one of the world’s greatest authorities about ADHD

COMPLETE THE MCHAT ONLINE – The modified checklist for autism in toddlers 16-30 months of age
www.autismnavigator.com – Information about the early signs of ASD with an extensive video library and interactive format. Full of resources for parents and professionals.
www.autismspeaks.org – Comprehensive information about autism spectrum disorders. For immediate help about a new diagnosis or ASD issue call 1-888-autism2
www.autisticadvocacy.org – The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the Autistic community, and does so by advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism.
www.autism-society.org – Official website of the Autism Society of America.
www.firstsigns.org – Focus on early diagnosis and intervention for Autism.
www.cdc.gov/autism– Comprehensive information for parents and professionals.
www.aap.org – American Academy of Pediatrics online interviews with Autism Experts for parents and caregivers.
www.aacap.org – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resource Center on Autism.
www.operationautismonline.org – Specially designed for autism in military families.
Local Resources
www.umcard.org – Main website for The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) serving Dade and Broward counties. www.coe.fau.edu/card/ – Website for the CARD Center serving Palm Beach County
Job Tips – For teens and young adults with ASD entering the work force
www.zerotothree.org – Excellent resource for information on behavior and development for young children birth to three years.
www.cfw.tufts.edu – Resource Directory of comprehensive listing relating to child development and behavior sponsored by Tufts University.
www.medlineplus.gov – Comprehensive resource from the National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health on topics related to all aspects of child development.
Media Plan – develop a plan based on the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for screen time and appropriate use of technology for children of all ages.
www.healthychildren.org – This is a website created by the American Academy of Pediatrics with specific resources for parents and families.
http://casgroup.fiu.edu/ccf – This is the website of Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families. The website is loaded with excellent resources for parents and professionals, and they are world famous for their Summer Treatment Program for children and teens with ADHD.
Special Needs
Family Voices – Advocacy, News, and Resources for families about special needs.
Transition Planning – Got Transition ? is a national resource for health care professionals, families, youth, and state policy makers focusing on a young adult’s transition from pediatric to adult health care.
Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics section of the AAP – Information for parents from two of the leading professional associations for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatricians.
www.abp.org – National Board Certification Organization for all Pediatric Specialties.
www.fcaap.org – Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
www.asha.org – Website of the American Speech Language Hearing Association with information for parents and educators.
www.hanen.org -Practical information for parents with at home activities to promote language.
www.ncld.org – Website of the National Center for Learning Disabilities with information for parents and educators.
www.ldonline.org and www.greatschools.org – Excellent resources with information for teachers, families, and students about all types of learning disorders.
www.nldontheweb.org – This is a website with resources about Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, also known as NLD. Many children with this profile overlap with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, processing difficulties, and ADHD.
www.going-to-college.org – A website for teenagers and young adults with disabilities who plan to attend college.
www.smartappsforkids.com – This is a comprehensive listing of learning apps for all ages.

Broward County

www.211-broward.org: 2-1-1 First Call For Help, Inc. (2-1-1 Broward) provides 24-hour comprehensive Helpline and support services for individuals in our community seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County.
www.namibroward.org -The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Broward County
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/sfl-society-broward-social-a-l,0,5767654.htmlstory – Comprehensive listing A-Z of all social service organizations and groups in Broward county
www.sunserve.org – Mental health services for issues of sexual identity and related concerns.
Smith Mental Health Center – This sliding scale based facility has special needs after care among other services.
Broward County ESE Services
 
Palm Beach County
 
www.2-1-1-palmbeach.org  This is a service of 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast which provides information, assessment, referral, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, and suicide intervention, via the telephone as well as a comprehensive website listing local resources.
http://www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/youthaffairs/ – At risk youth in Palm Beach County
www.arcpbc.org – This is organizations serves special needs children and families in palm beach county.
www.ctrfam.org – The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County offering a listing of direct services to families in Palm Beach County
www.gocpg.org – The community partnership group that provides resources for housing, child development, and other supports for families.
Palm Beach County Public School ESE
 
State of Florida
 
www.ffddnews.com – Comprehensive site listing all news items and articles relevant to children and adults in Florida with developmental disabilities.
www.doh.state.fl.us – The Florida Department of Health website with comprehensive information on all issues pertaining to child health check the A-Z listing on this site.
www.apdcares.org – Agency for Persons with Developmental Disabilities in Florida
 
www.fndfl.org – Family Network on Disabilities a statewide network of families and individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens.
Medicaid Waiver Information – Information about receiving state funded services for a child with special needs
www.floridaautism.org – Overview of Autism services in the state of Florida.
 
Public Services for Preschoolers
 
CHILD FIND 3 yrs – 5 yrs www.fdlrs.org – put in applicable county on website for phone number. Broward 754-321-2204 Palm Beach 561-434-8925
EARLY INTERVENTION birth – 3 yrs 
Broward County – Childrens Diagnostic and Treatment Center – 954-728-8080 
Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties  – Easter Seals
Miami Dade County – North Dade – Univ of Miami Mailman Center 305-243-5600, South Dade – MCH 786-268-2611
www.parentsmedguide.org – Practical information about medications for parents.
www.fda.gov – Food and Drug Administration resource of the Federal Government includes most up to date listing of new medications.
www.epocrates.com – Online medication encyclopedia.
General Information
www.thereachinstitute.org
www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications
www.mentalhealthamerica.net
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
www.nimh.gov – National Institute of Mental Health.
www.aacap.org – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
www.aap.org – American Academy of Pediatrics.
www.nami.org – National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Depression, Anxiety, and OCD
International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression
www.ocfoundation.org – Obsessive Compulsive Foundation
www.adda.org -Anxiety Disorders of America
www.DBSAlliance.org – Depression and Support Alliance
Free Support Groups for OCD
Worry Wise – resources related to anxiety and ocd
Black Dog Institute – Excellent resource on depression
For Children and Teens
www.thecoolspot.gov – A website devoted to teens coping with peer pressure.
www.kidshealth.org – Information for elementary age children on dealing with feelings, staying healthy, and growing up, as well as games and activities to help children learn more about the human body.
Suicide Prevention Hot Lines National Hope line Network: (800) 784-2433
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
National Youth Crisis Helpline: (800) 442-4673
www.consumerlabs.com – This is an independent consumer watch group that looks at many over the counter supplements and vitamins to evaluate claims and product safety.
The Brain Food Pyramid
Fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org– Recipes and information about how to make fruits and vegetables a larger part of your family’s diet.

Facts on Childhood Obesity

Health Finder – a federal government website with tips for promoting a healthy lifestyle for the family
www.cspinet.org – This website created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest is a non-profit advocacy and research group with excellent information on nutrition, health, and consumer protection related to food safety.
www.getsweaty.com – Specific exercise and fitness tips for young children and teens.
Nutrition for Kids an interactive PBS website
For Teen Girls
For Teen Boys

Triple P Parenting Program – Evidence based parenting resource with specific materials parents can use to manage problem behaviors and encourage optimal development in young children.

The Incredible Years – A comprehensive parent training series for behavior management an optimal emotional functioning of young children.
Lives in the Balance -Based on the work of Ross Greene author of The Explosive Child, this resource provides strategies for older children and teens with oppositional, inflexible, and the most challenging behaviors based on the model of collaborative problem solving.
Effective Parenting – Handouts and information on evidence based parenting practice for parents and professionals.
ACES– research shows a parent’s history of stress and trauma from their own adverse childhood experiences (ACES) dramatically effects their parenting and their own physical and mental health.  Calculate your own ACES score and learn what you can do to help yourself and your family.

Overview of Positive Psychology – University of Pennsylvania.

Martin Seligman – Author of The Optimistic Child and Learned Optimism.
Positive Psychology News
Random Acts of Kindness -This is an organization devoted to inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on.

Below is a listing of some of the syndromes we have treated in our practice and websites families have found helpful. The National Organization of Rare Disorders www.rarediseases.org is a general resource for families searching for support and information about a rare disease or syndrome

 www.rarechromo.org is also an extensive resource for rare chromosomal anomalies. If you would like us to post information about a syndrome that has impacted you or your family please feel free to contact us.
Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited form of mental impairment and autism. It affects one in 4,000 boys and one in 6,000 girls. Read more about Fragile X Syndrome here. Prader Willi Syndrome is a genetic disorder causing obesity, developmental delay, and other problems. For more information go to Prader Willi Syndrome USA . Also view the ABOUT tab on this website and look under Staff to learn more about one parent’s personal experience with PWS.
Tuberous Sclerosis is a genetic disorder where children may have a variety of medical problems related to the growth of small tumors throughout the body. It is a common cause of infantile seizures and Autism. For more information www.tsaalliance.org
Aicardi Syndrome is a relatively rare genetic disorder resulting in seizures and developmental delay. For more information www.aicardisyndrome.org
Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder ranging from mild to severe where small tumors grow on nerves throughout the body. For more information go to www.nfinc.org
Angelman’s Syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and problems with balance. It is often misdiagnosed as Cerebral Palsy or Autism. For more information go to www.angelman.org

Job Tips – Helpful employment information for teens and young adults with special needs.

Above The Influence – A website dedicated to open dialogue to keep teens away from substance abuse and drugs. The website is uniquely designed to appeal to this age group, consider showing it to your teen or young adult.
It Gets Better  – A website providing information and hope for teens and individuals with issues of gender and sexuality.
Teen Driving Website– Information for all teens and special needs teens about driving.
Comprehensive Mental Health Resources for teens and adults– Information for teens and adults about mental health resources listed by state