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Here is our resource page for information and services for all children; including services and resources for children with special needs, child development, parenting advice and educational resources.

Autism links:

  •  Autism Society
  • The Autism Society, a grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.
  • Autism Research Institute
  • ARI advocates for the rights of people with ASD, and operates without funding from special-interest groups.
  • Autism Support Network
  • The mission of Autism Support Network is conveyed in their tagline: connect, guide and unite.·
  • NIH
  • An autism fact sheet

Books and Authors:

  • Creston Books
  • Creston Books is author/illustrator driven, with talented, award-winning creators given more editorial freedom and control than in a typical New York house.
  • Marissa Moss
  • Marissa Moss is an award-winning author of many popular books and series, including Amelia, Mira’s Diary, and The Blood Diaries.
  • How to Be Human; A Diary of an Autistic Girl by Florida Frenz
  • Diagnosed with autism as a three-year-old, Florida is now an articulate 15-year-old whose explorations into how kids make friends, what popularity means, how to handle peer pressure will resonate with any pre-teen.
  • Geek Club Books
  • Geek Club Books goes beyond the story to entertain and educate with a social mission. They use engaging technologies and the art of storytelling to tell the ‘real’ stories about autism for acceptance and understanding in the classroom, on the playground and in the community. Their goal is to profoundly change how the world views autism…one story at a time.
  • Marcia Goldman
  • Marcia Goldman is an author who has her Masters Degree in Special Education and has spent the last 25 years focusing on providing therapeutic-based programs for children with autism and their families.
  • Eat, Sleep, Write
  • Podcast about books and authors including Shelah Moss talking about autism and Florida Frenz

Dyslexia:

Education:

  • Khan Academy
  • Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. 
  • Scratch.MIT
  • With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively
  • 100+ Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark

  • Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool.

Support Services and resources for children with special needs:

  • Resources for Families with Children on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Kori at Home provides practical and creative ways to support and guide children with autism that families can easily incorporate into their lives.  
  • Best Buddies International
  • Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)
  • Healthier Kids Foundation of Santa Clara County
  • The mission of Healthier Kids Foundation is to ensure access to and advocacy for health care services for all children through family-centered and innovative approaches. The premise of Healthier Kids Foundation believes that one child without access to health care or health coverage is one child too many.  
  • Kids with Dreams
  • Kids with Dreams is a volunteer organization serving as a gateway in connecting Stanford students and other local volunteers with physically and mentally disabled youth.
  • Regional Center
  • The state of California has 21 Regional Centers that provide specialized services for people with developmental disabilities. Assessment and diagnosis, counseling, family support, advocacy for legal protection and many more services are available for individuals and their families.
  • Parents Helping Parents
  • PHP increases the quality of life for our most vulnerable by providing services, resources, and support for children with special needs, their families, and caregivers.
  • PhDinSpecialEducation.com
  • This “handbook” offers resources for parents at every stage of the journey of caring for their special needs children.
  • In Home Support Services-Santa Clara County
  • The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program is a federal, state, and locally funded program designed to provide assistance to those eligible aged, blind, and disabled individuals who, without this care, would be unable to remain safely in their own homes. This link is for Santa Clara County, California. To find the information in your county do an internet search for In Home Health Service + your county.
  • Camp Attitude
  • A Christian-based camp for people with special needs. “Our mission is to promote active participation in a safe & inclusive outdoor environment. We strive to encourage positive attitudes through a quality camping experience. Helping people reach their dreams and overcoming unusual obstacles and challenges are central to our mission.”
  • Autism Sevice Dogs
  • If you’re a dog person, you already know how therapeutic a dog can be. Think of how calm and centered you feel when your pet leans into you at the end of a long day. Autism service dogs take companionship to the next level, providing life-changing physical, intellectual, and emotional support.

Providers and Therapies:

  • Beth Harmon, SLP
  • A speech therapist specializing in augmented communication, assistive technology and social skills.
  • Greenspan Floortime
  • The Greenspan Floortime Approach is a system developed by the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. Floortime meets children where they are and builds upon their strengths and abilities through interacting and creating a warm relationship
  • Sonrise Program
  • The Son-Rise Program was originated in 1974 by parents, Barry Neil Kaufman (best-selling author, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues) and Samahria Lyte Kaufman for their son.
  • Michelle Garcia Winner
  • A treatment framework and curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner targets improving individual social thinking abilities, regardless of diagnostic label.
  • Linda Mood Bell
  • Lindamood-Bell helps children and adults improve language processing — the foundation of all communication and learning.
  • Occupational therapy
  • A resource for occupational therapy resources.  “The therapeutic use of work, self-care, and play activities to increase development and prevent disability. It may include adaptation of task or environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance the quality of life.” 
  • Vision therapy
  • A video explaining vision therapy.
  • Association for Science in Autism Treatment
  • ASAT is a not-for-profit organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education, treatment, and care of people with autism.

Health and Diet:

News Stories:

  • Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids
Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids

Travel News:

 Facts: