Find local counseling and support group resources HERE
Scroll down to find parenting resources by topic.
The Child Mind Institute website has mental health and wellness topics A-Z . They also have a symptom checker tool, which cannot diagnose your child, but can help inform you about possible diagnoses and offer information and articles to help you learn more, and to facilitate a conversation with a professional.
Hey Sigmund is a blog that covers diverse mental health topics for adults and children.
Common Sense Media is a great resource to help you sort through the movies, tv shows, video games, etc that your child or teen is interested in. They provide reviews of movies, apps, games, and books to help parents make informed decisions about children’s media exposure and entertainment. Practical balanced information about anything media related.
Raising Digital Natives is the website of Devorah Heitner, author of
Parenting children with special needs
Weston Youth Services is meeting with parents to talk about how the community can support parents and families of children with special needs. Interested in joining us? Contact WYS Director Laura Cleary,
Sped*Net Wilton: Special education network of Wilton. Information and programs.
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center: Resources, parent support, speakers, etc. for parents of children with special needs in CT
FAVOR is a CT based resource: "offers a single place for families with children who have medical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges to find information, assistance and training." Many of their groups are not in the local area, but I think they could be a source for advocacy and info. for Weston families.
Understood.org: Great website with informat
ion about parenting children with learning and attention issues and more.
Tilt parenting podcast: An excellent podcast for parents of "differently wired" children.
Girls Leadership: Excellent resource, with many programs, resources & events related to girls and parenting girls. I especially recommend the parent education videos which can help you wisely navigate issues sucha s friendship, communication and confidence.About girls but in many ways applies to any child.
How to Help Your Children Build Healthier Friendships (and Deal with the Tetchy Ones) From Hey Sigmund, a website/blog with good information about mental health and wellness.
Your Child's Friendship Dramas: Do's and Don'ts for Parents: Solid advice from the Imperfect Families blog
BOOK: Untangled, Lisa Damour. Smart, solid info from a school psychologist, with a focus on raising girls but a lot of it applies to boys also! Each section ends with a "when to worry."
BOOK: Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, Rosealind Wiseman. This book offers perspective on how boys think, and how to support the healthy development of boys.
Find and extensive lists of resources HERE
Amaze.org Age-appropriate animated videos for adolescents ages 10 to 14 and solid helpful information for parents and educators with a focus on open lines of communication about important sexual health topics, gender identity and sexuality.
Birds & Bees & Kids is a great website with a focus on helping parents communicate with kids about their bodies, and sexuality in age appropriate, positive and health ways. Lots of resources and education, some free and some fee based.