Health & Development

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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.

Suicide Prevention/Intervention


Trauma-Informed Care

Tourette Syndrome

Traumatic Brain Injury 

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.