Developmental-Behavioral Promotion Resources for Professionals

 Dixon S, Stein M. Encounters With Children: Pediatric Behavior and Development. 4th ed. Chicago, IL: Mosby-Year Book; 2005. Describes developmental-behavioral progress and issues well visit by well visit.
 Christophersen ER, Mortweet SL. Parenting That Works: Building Skills That Last a Lifetime. Washington, DC: APA LifeTools; 2003. Includes practical examples of positive disciplinary techniques across a range of common topics.
 Glascoe FP, Marks KP, Poon JK, Macias MM. Identifying and Addressing Developmental-Behavioral Problems: A Practical Guide for Medical and Non-Medical Professionals, Trainees, Researchers and Advocates. Nolensville, TN:, LLC; 2013. Includes screening tools for psychosocial risk, resilience, and on its Web site,, downloadable age-specific encounter forms, and milestones checklists for teaching and learning.
 Parker S, Zuckerman BS, Augustyn M. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: A Handbook for Primary Care. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2011. Covers an enormous range of unique family and child issues, communication methods, resources for providers, etc.
Web sites
  Free, interactive, online toolkit for clinicians, office staff, and others to confirm that health messages are understood by families.
 Plain Language Medical Dictionary:
  From the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library, this free app converts medical language into everyday English.
 Readability Formulas:
  Enables clinicians to write, analyze, recraft, and retest (written) health care messages using a range of reading formulas.
 Early Brain and Child Development: and
  Explains transactional models of learning and development, translation of science into practice, guidelines for promoting resilience, relevant research, etc.
  The site houses training videos, training modules, and slide shows along with free downloadable measures of psychosocial risk, resilience, literacy, reviews of screening tests, information handouts for parents, well-visit templates, implementation guides for primary care, free downloadable 2-way consent forms, etc.
 Wellness Proposals:
  An information consolidator drawing from multiple federal sites, Wellness Proposals has a plethora of downloadable posters, information handouts, and a newsletter on health, mental health, etc. The site also addresses health care insurance issues while also providing comparative information about carriers and insurance quotes.
 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
  A subscription-based site enabling providers to generate information handouts for parents, teenagers, and children on psychosocial care, health, and safety. The AAP main Web site,, offers purchasable child care books, videos, hand-held health records, and waiting-room magazines and includes a “pediatrician finder” by specialty and zip code.
 Bright Futures:
  Helps health care providers offer prevention-based, family-focused, and developmentally oriented care; Bright Futures also emphasizes partnerships among families, providers, and communities. The initiative includes books, newsletters, professional training, and videos for parents (and trainees) providing guidance across well visits in the birth to 16-year age range (eg, safety, socialization, school readiness, developmental promotion).
 Healthy Steps:
  Provides “how to’s” on the teachable moment, training on adding a Healthy Steps specialist into primary care to optimally address and intervene psychosocial risk factors (along with information on practice reimbursement), guidance on training medical students and residents, and research on the effectiveness of Healthy Steps.
 At Health:
  Offers information for providers (and sophisticated parents) on an enormous range of health issues that often have mental health consequences (eg, acne, psoriasis) as well as issues such as bullying. The site includes downloadable handouts, newsletters, practitioner directories, treatment center directions, resource centers, and a bookstore.
 First Signs:
  This site is dedicated to educating professionals (and parents) about autism and other related disorders. The Web site includes guidance on screening, diagnosis, and treatment, and resources with links to the Autism Video Glossary showing side-by-side comparisons of typical and atypical development.
 AAP Mental Health Initiatives:
  Houses information from the AAP Mental Health Toolkit including a review paper called “Evidence-Based Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions.”
 Motivational Interviewing:
  Describes how to interview families in a way that encourages them to avoid substance abuse and comply with medication and treatment recommendations regarding obesity management, diabetes, and other health and mental health issues. Free downloadable worksheets and purchasable books are housed on the site.