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Parent Resources Attention and Learning Issues Simulations

In an earlier post, I mentioned a website called, a great online resource about learning and attention issues. One piece of the website is "Through Your Child's Eyes." You can try out the simulations that are done through games that help show for a couple of minutes what it can be like to have reading, writing, attention, math, or organization issues. You can also watch videos of kids of various ages talking about how it feels to struggle with these issues.

Resources for Dealing with Problem Behaviors

The TACSEI website includes tools, videos, and web resources for dealing with challenging behaviors that can be used by parents AND teachers/school workers. If you scroll down to the "Backpack Connection Series," there are a bunch of great 1-page pdf files for specific behaviors.



Our staff has had several professional development opportunities recently on the topic of mental health. If you have a child who has been diagnosed with a mental health issue or mental illness, or if you suspect someone in your family may be struggling with a mental health issue, here are some resources you may find helpful. Some offer research and information, some have links to support groups and communities, and some can help you find treatment options and providers in the area. If your child or another member of your family is struggling with a mental health concern, mood disorder, disruptive disorder, anxiety, or substance abuse, know that it can help to be informed and to be connected to resources that can provide treatment and support.


Hotlines/Helplines/Resources by Phone:

American Psychiatric Association Answer Center--has live operators who can refer you to local certified psychiatrists--    1-888-35-PSYCH (77924)


Crisis Text Line--free, available 24/7, text with a trained crisis counselor--Text 741741 in the U.S.


Iowa Department of Human Services--1-800-972-2017


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline--toll free, available 24/7, for anyone feeling hopeless or suicidal, for concerned family or friends--1-800-273-TALK (8255)


National Youth Crisis Hotline--toll free; provides referrals to counseling services; helps youth dealing with pregnancy, molestation, suicide, and abuse--1-800-442-HOPE (4673)


Your Life Iowa--support for substance abuse/addiction, suicide prevention resources--Call 855-581-8111 or Text 855-895-8398


General Mental Health Online Resources:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Resource Centers--consumer-friendly facts, definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, and resources for


American Psychiatric Association--information about warning signs, treatment options, and preventive measures for common mental health


Iowa Department of Human Services--links to a list of mental health service providers and community mental health centers in Iowa--


Mental Health America--information on mental health and getting


National Alliance on Mental Illness--an organization to improve the lives of both individuals and families affected by mental


National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare--use the “Find a Provider” feature to locate mental health and addictions facilities near

National Institute of Mental Health--a government site with lots of current information and research about mental health challenges, including booklets, brochures, and fact sheets you can


Your Life Iowa--support for substance abuse/addiction, suicide prevention resources--


Online Resources for Specific Topics:


American Academy of Pediatrics--ADHD resource web page--

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--ADHD resource web page--


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)--website for a national organization that provides education, advocacy, and support for people with



Anxiety Disorders Association of America--includes an anxiety self-test for


National Institute of Mental Health--specific information and research about anxiety disorders--


Depression/Bipolar Disorder:

Bp Magazine/BpHope Kids--an online community for kids and families dealing with bipolar disorder--


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance--a national organization that promotes understanding of and provides information about the most common mental


Depression Screening--sponsored by Mental Health America, this website offers a confidential way to screen for depression symptoms and to assist in finding professional help if needed--


Families for Depression Awareness--provides resources, profiles of families, a newsletter, and other tools to help inform and support family members of people with depressive


Substance Use Disorders:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)--links to information for parents, teens, teachers,


NIDA for Teens--a website designed to educate adolescents between 11 and 15 about the science behind drug abuse--

SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness--information for the public about substance use disorders and a treatment finder to locate treatment providers near you--

Beginning of the Year Resources for Parents!

Back to school time can be stressful and nerve-racking for both students and parents for many reasons! Here are some potential resources for a few issues your students might be facing as we start the new school year. Many contain links within the site to additional resources. If you have a child with learning or attention issues and have not found, I recommend checking it out! It comes up at a lot of our professional development trainings as a great resource for parents and teachers.


Transitioning Back to School:


Resources for Back to School for Kids with Learning and Attention Issues:


Making New Friends:


Getting a Reluctant Child to Class:


Homework/Study Skills:


Importance of Good Attendance: