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General Educational Resources

1. Response to Intervention (RtI) ... revisedPDFs/rtiprimer.pdf Klotz, M.B. & Canter A. (2007). Response to intervention (RTI): a primer for parents. Retrieved February 25, 2009, from the National Association of School Psychologist Website: Parents-and-Families- RTI Action Network- Provides an overview of the RTI process and information about how the process is used to make eligibility decisions.

2. General Parenting Issues National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. Provides Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. American Academy of Pediatrics- This website is devoted to providing information to parents regarding the healthcare of children with special needs.
At the Illinois State Board of Education site, you can review a complete copy of the Illinois Learning Standards, which define what all elementary and secondary students in Illinois public schools should know and be able to do in seven core areas as a result of their schooling.

3. English Learners -National Association for Bilingual Education- Website of the National Association for Bilingual Education. The NABE is a professional organization devoted to representing bilingual learners and bilingual education professionals. Bilingual Research Journal- Official website of the bilingual research journal online. California Association for Bilingual Education- CABE website provides news and information, conferences, resources, and publications for bilingual learners.

Academic Supports
This Web site offers a variety of ready-made, printable activities to reinforce skills relating to the alphabet, colors, shapes, reading, reading comprehension, math, handwriting, and much more.
This Web site offers lessons on a variety of basic math skills, as well as providing interactive practice on every page. First, an explanation of the math topic is given and then several games are offered to provide practice with the concept. This site contains lessons from kindergarten up to eighth grade. l
Intervention Central offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children. Visit to check out newly posted academic and behavioral intervention strategies.


Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities

1. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a rather comprehensive website that is easy to navigate and covers several topics regarding issues that come up when raising a child with ADHD. Some of the topics include: medication, parenting strategies, teaching strategies, ADHD in children/adolescents/adults,and more. website focuses a bit more on managing ADHD in the classroom, but also gives helpful tips to parents regarding: school communication, behavior, homework, and how to navigate through the special education system. The National Institute of Mental Health offers a very comprehensive overview of what ADHD looks like along with background information, co-morbidity, treatment, and further resources.
The CHADD Web site provides information about students and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This site offers information on the disorder, as well as on its impact on a student's learning. The site provides a wealth of resources, as well as a list of local support groups.

2. Autism Autism Society of America- This organization provides resources for professionals, parents, and individuals on the spectrum. The website provides information about autism and autism research. The site also has links to community groups that provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. Autism Speaks- This organization is devoted to educating the public about autism, facilitating and funding research, motivating private and governmental resources, and, ultimately, helping to find a cure for autism. The website also contains resources and information about autism. Online Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support- This website offers a variety of resources related to the etiology, diagnosis, and support for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome.
This Web site serves as a parents' guide to the diagnosis, treatment and education of children with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, and related disorders.

3. Cognitive Disabilities -The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). This professional association website provides publications and resources regarding intellectual disabilities. - The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. This website provides an overview of the prevention and causes of developmental disabilities.

4. Developmental Delays

State of Illinois Developmental Delay Website

  • Offers information to parents of children with developmental delays (Ages 0-3) such as types of therapy, doctors, support groups and advocacy
  • Includes a link to a list of Child and Family Connections agencies that can be accessed in all areas of Illinois

Developmental Delay Resources-

  • Website offers information for parents with children with developmental delays in sensory, motor, language, social, and emotional areas.
  • Organization offers a newsletter which includes information regarding the current issues and information about developmental delays.

National Institute on Developmental Delays-

  • Information about child development programs, information for parents, and therapies for children with developmental delays.

• Includes activities and games for children as well as a resource center for parents to address special topics of interests

5. Learning Disabilities - Reading A-Z Reading Resource Center- This website breaks down the components of reading. Includes lessons on improving reading comprehension, fluency, phonics, and vocabulary. Reading First Center- This website is devoted to defining the components of reading and providing information on how to teach components to children. This includes the selection of reading curriculum, assessment of reading skills, and school-wide reading model. Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE)- Site provides expert technical assistance and professional development for K-12 literacy programs. Focus is on reading instruction based on scientifically based reading research. National Reading Panel- Provides free access to the research and publications of the National Reading Panel as well as FAQ's about reading. -Provides a variety of resources regarding the identification and treatment of learning disabilities and ADHD. LD online is the leading Web site on learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This site contains helpful information for parents, teachers and other professionals. The site also showcases children's art and writing and offers a large selection of books and activities for kids with learning disabilities.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

1. Bipolar Disorders
This Web site provides information about the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children. This site contains many resources such as a listing of support groups and a free children's publication, "The Storm in my Brain," which explains the disorder in child-friendly terms.

2. Depression ... ren-and-adolescents.shtml Cash, R.E. (2004). Depression in children and adolescents: Information for parents and educators. Retrieved October 30, 2008, from the National Association of School Psychologist Web site: ... evisedPDFs/depression.pdf

o Handout addresses the prevalence, risk factors, signs, symptoms, evaluation, and treatment of childhood depression.

3. Self-Mutilation: Cutting

Lieberman, R. (2004). Understanding and responding to students who self mutilate. Retrieved October 30, 2008, from the National Association of School Psychologist Web site: ... tilation%20March%2004.pdf

o This article defines "Repetitive Self-Mutilation Syndrome" (RSM), common causes of self-mutilation, and treatments.

4. Suicide Cohn, A. (2006). Preventing youth suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators. NASP Communiqué, 35. Retrieved October 30, 2008, from
o This article gives parents and teachers information and tips about the prevention of youth suicide. ... %20NASSP%20Oct%202006.pdf Lieberman, R., Poland, S., & Cowan, K. (2006). Suicide prevention and intervention. Retrieved October 30, 2008, from the National Association of School Psychologist Web site:

o This handout discusses the effective prevention and intervention strategies to reduce the risk of student suicide.

Glossaries of Acronyms and Terms


A Parent's Guide to Special Ed/Special Needs (The Council for Disability Rights)

Every Disabled Child in America is Entitled to A Free Appropriate Public Education (The FAPE Site)

Special Education Dictionary ( Special Education Guide)

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