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Reliable online Media Resources for Families

With so much questionable information online, it is nice to find some reliable sources of useful information about development, behavior, and health concerns commonly seen with our children. 

Common Sense Media: Family guides to apps, games, movies, and safe internet use.    

AAP Media Use Plan: When used thoughtfully & appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime & sleep. Check out this Family Media Use Plan and take control of your media. 

ASHA Assistive and Augmentative Communication: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively. 
Here you will find resources to help you understand communication and communication disorders. 

CanChild: Inspired by over two decades of CanChild research and continual discussion amongst members of the CanChild family, there are six F-words that CanChild feels should be the focus in childhood disability - Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Future.

The Poo in You: A helpful video about how constipation and stool accidents happen. 

Misunderstood Minds: This site is a companion to the PBS special Misunderstood Minds, and profiles a variety of learning problems and expert opinions. It is designed to give parents and teachers a better understanding of learning processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding. 

Center for Effective Parenting: Handouts have been written for parents on a variety of topics including chores, divorce, television, and bedtime among many others. 

Zero to Three: Parent information videos on a variety of topics including Early Development and Wellbeing, Early Learning, and Parenting.

Play Nicely Videos: Play Nicely™ is an efficient and effective way for everyone to learn appropriate parenting strategies. The program utilizes a public health approach and is offered in both English and Spanish in three separate versions for parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals. The program is brief; it lasts 50 minutes, yet offers results in as few as five to ten minutes. Most advantageous to those interested is that it is offered for free to watch in English or Spanish! 

Parenting Videos (CDC): Have you ever been frustrated that your child doesn’t listen or struggled with how to handle specific behaviors?  See how parents like you address every day challenges and find real world solutions 

Social Stories (PBIS World):  Look for a pre-made social story, or create your own using the resources, or take one from the resources and adapt it to your needs  Development, healthy living, and family life resource sheets for families. 

ParentingTips (NemoursChildren’sHealth System): They say that children don't come with instruction manuals, and it's true. However, Nemours behavior and developmental experts have put together tip sheets that give you strategies to help deal with common parenting concerns.

 Free Printable Behavior Charts & Instructions on using them effectively.

Boston Medical Center – Autism Program: Resources including information on understanding autism, day to day living support, useful apps and books, and transition to adulthood.