Developmental-Behavioral Promotion Resources for Parents and Patients

Cell phone apps
 Text4Baby (T4B):
  T4B is a free cell phone text-messaging service sending crisp, age-paced messages on health, safety, and developmental-behavioral issues. For children birth through 36 months, parents who register can opt for texts in English or Spanish.
  Searchable directory of guidance from pregnancy through school-age covering sleep, toileting, discipline, homework, and health issues including product recalls. Customizable by age and by uploading photos.
Web sites addressing common developmental-behavioral issues
  From the Nemours Foundation, this site has a well-visit guide for each age, anticipatory guidance information, and an easily searchable database for handouts (in English and Spanish) on health and safety, emotional and social development, and positive parenting for infants through adolescence.
 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
  The AAP has numerous parent information handouts that can be downloaded without cost. Provides information on a variety of topics including health conditions, safety and prevention, and mental health issues from birth through adolescence.
 American Psychological Association (APA):
  The APA has a psychology help center that includes brochures (1 copy is free) and articles for a variety of situations including health and emotional wellness, work and school, and family and relationships. It has information on how to find a psychologist.
 Mayo Clinic:
  Easy-to-read information about various conditions including diseases and behavioral issues; useful for both providers and parents.
 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):
  NASP provides handouts and materials in a variety of languages focused on resilience, school readiness, coping with crises, diversity, child behavior, etc. The site also explains the role of school psychologists and what to expect from a referral to public school special education services.
 British Columbia Council for Families:
  Provides advocacy and information focused in large part on family issues such as marital issues, divorce, cohesion, extramarital affairs, as well as child-rearing, especially raising adolescents. The site provides thoughtful articles (for providers and parents with good literacy skills) and a bookstore offering “Nobody’s Perfect.”
 Center for Effective Parenting:
  Funded by the US Department of Education, this site offers free downloadable information in Spanish and English on promoting academic skills, chores, selecting a day care center, dealing with a death in the family, self-esteem, television issues, etc.
 Children and Youth Health:
  Houses extensive information on health, development, and behavioral issues for young children through adolescence.
Patient/parent information in multiple languages
 Specific Patient Information in Asian Languages (SPIRAL):
  Hosts parenting and health information in Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Hmong, etc.
 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:
  One of the first professional organizations to develop downloadable handouts for families on such topics as divorce, sleep problems, specific mental health diagnoses, help for military families, and how and where to find a psychiatrist. Handouts are written in many different languages including Spanish, Malaysian, Urdu, Arabic, Icelandic, Polish, and Hebrew.
 Raising Children:
  Offers “parenting in pictures,” videos on child-rearing in multiple languages and interactive videos on health, safety, recognition of infant cues, dealing with teenage behavior, etc.
 Here to Help:
  Focuses on substance abuse and mental health. Downloadable information is available in multiple languages including Russian, Chinese, Persian, Korean, French, Japanese, Punjabi, etc. The site also has wellness modules and links to other helpful resources.
Sites focused on specific skill-building or disabilities
 Reach Out and Read:
  Offers parenting handouts on how to share books, literacy milestones, and guidance for professionals. Tabs within the site include Parents and Educators Home, Importance of Reading Aloud, Literacy Milestones, Reading Tips, Books for Children, and Books for Parents.
  US Department of Education:
  Includes helpful guidance (in English and Spanish). This site provides guidance for families (in English and Spanish) on how to help their child learn to read, how to help with homework, how to collaborate with teachers, along with helpful information about selecting postsecondary schools and financial aid for college-age students.
 Play Nicely:
  Focuses on decreasing aggressive behavior. Parents take a pretest that identifies which among the 20 modules (eg, ignoring hurtful behavior, speaking angrily, or physical punishment) are most needed. The site has video clips, research, assessment tools for trainers, and ordering information.
 Kentucky Center for School Safety:
  Houses downloadable information on cyberbullying, sexting, Internet safety, social networks, gangs, etc.
 Black Dog Institute:
  Focused on depression and bipolar disorder, this site offers interactive tests, self-training information, charts for monitoring progress, fact sheets, etc.
 National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities:
  This site offers brief fact sheets on specific disabilities and offers tips for parents and teachers with links to related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability. It also has a Spanish version.
 Adults and Children Together Against Violence:
  The purpose of this site is to mobilize communities and educate families to create safe, nurturing, healthy environments that protect children and youth from violence. It includes a variety of resources: articles, books, handouts. These resources are available in English and Spanish.