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- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
- Mental Health & Behavior
- Sleep & Sleep Disorders
- Suicide Prevention/Intervention
- Trauma-Informed Care
- Tourette Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Other online resources
Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – Fact Sheet from the NICHD
Visit the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s website to learn about ASD.
- Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
Designed for those who support, instruct, work with, or live with someone with autism, the Autism Internet Modules (AIM) guide users through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, discussion questions, activities, and more. Free self-paced modules.
- Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
Provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities. Website contains links to resources, events, and more.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Visit this site for tools and information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for educators.
- National Autism Center
Visit the National Autism Center’s website to download copies of A Parent’s Guide to Autism and Evidence-based Practice, Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in Schools, and the National Standards Report.
- National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on ASD
Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children and youth with ASD, birth to 22 years of age.
- National Education Association (NEA) – Teaching Students with Autism: A Guide for Educators
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ site offers information on ASDs for parents and caregivers.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
- National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Welcome to the NOFAS Information and Resource Clearinghouse. Search the state-by-state resource directory, learn how alcohol interferes with healthy development, locate high quality treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) through the new NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator, and get connected to NOFAS.
- Information for Educators
This section of our website has tools and information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) for educators.
- Toolbox For teachers
Providing the proper expectations, interventions, and supports can help individuals with special needs to succeed and learn the skills they need to lead productive lives. While this material is based on techniques that have proven effective for special needs, the tips may be of value for individuals with a range of other disorders that result in behavior, social, and learning problems
Mental Health & Behavior
- NEW: Get Help – Find Local mental Health services by county
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Emotional Problems
The American Academy of PediatricsHealth Topics site offers information a range of mental health conditions and emotional problems.
- PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum
The PREPaRE curriculum has been developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of NASP’s decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response.
- Effective Child Therapy
Information on Evidence-based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents provided by a partnership between the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), a division of the American Psychological Association (APA).
- Florida Best Practice Medication Child/Adolescent Guidelines
In 2005, the Florida Legislature authorized the implementation of the “Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program for Behavioral Health (MDTMP),” a program whose goal is to work collaboratively with prescribers in the Medicaid program to improve the quality and efficiency of the prescribing of mental health drugs, and to improve the health outcomes of Medicaid beneficiaries with a mental illness.
- Florida’s Positive Behavioral Support (PBS): A Multi-Tiered Support System
Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project and Response to intervention for Behavior (RtI:B) database and related resources for teachers and school districts.
- Genetics Education Materials for School Success
The aim of GEMSS is to assure all children with genetic health conditions succeed in school-life. Children who have genetic conditions, about 1 in 20, are members of neighborhood schools across the country. GEMSS encourages collaboration between families, school, and medical professionals.
- Florida Division of Blind Services
Assistive technology, adaptive technology, and low vision aids are available to assist an individual who is blind or visually impaired. Knowing more about the various types of assistive technology, adaptive technology, or low vision products can help one select the best tool(s) to meet needs.
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The NIH’s National Institutes of Health (NIMH) provides information on a range of mental health topics, as well as links to related resources, publications, and science news.
- Effective Schoolwide Interventions
The Technical Assistance (TA) Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports “has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.
- Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative
The SS/HS Initiative is “an unprecedented collaborative grant program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation’s youth, schools, and communities. The Initiative is supported by three Federal agencies—the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (through SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services), the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
- School-Based Mental Health Services
USF’s Research & Training Center for Children’s Mental Health
- Psychiatry Treatments & Services
This site was created for – and by – parents, educators, and clinicians working together to support children and teens with mental health conditions. The site will help you meet the needs of young people with depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI) for Young Children
TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates free products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.
Sleep & Sleep Disorders
- Sleep and Mental Health
Sleep has become a casualty of modern life. If you or your children are excessively sleepy or just don’t feel well rested in the morning, what can you do about it? Fortunately, there are many things we can do to improve sleep as individuals, family members, and a community.
- Children and Sleep
By the age of two, most children have spent more time asleep than awake and overall, a child will spend 40 percent of his or her childhood asleep. Sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts mental and physical development.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- The Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide
- Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Children’s Safety Network: Youth Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention – Resource Guide
- FL Student Support Services Project: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources
- Stuttering Foundation of America
Free online resources, services, and support to those who stutter, their families, and teachers.
- National Stuttering Association
The largest self-help support organization in the US for people who stutter. Provides links to find local support groups and events.
- Florida’s Center for Child Welfare
- Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)
- National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI)
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
- Trauma-Sensitive Schools
- Educating Children with Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders
- National Tourette Syndrome Association
Traumatic Brain Injury
- Florida Department of Education’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- University of Oregon: The Center on Brain Injury Research & Training – Resources for Educators
Other Online Resources
- Bam! Body & Mind
This website provides a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices.
- Epilepsy: Seizure Training for School Personnel
Training for School Personnel is designed for people who work with children and youth in school settings. This program provides an overview of seizures and epilepsy, seizure first aid, seizure action plans, rescue therapies, seizure emergencies and how to support students in school settings.