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Helpful Links for Parents

Study Skills and Academic

The Brain Connection - This is an informative and fun website that provides information about how the brain works.  They not only provide information about a variety of topics which effect learning (ADHD, mood disorders, motivations, etc.), but they also brain teasers & brain games for kids.

Reluctant Young Readers Book Ideas - This website provides lists of titles along with a short description of books aimed specifically for teens who dislike to read.  They also provide tips on how to encourage your child to read.

Good Study Habits for Middle School Students  Provides a variety of resources specifically for middle school students including time management, getting organized, and using a planner.  It also includes a Learning Styles Quiz which may give insight into how your student learns best.  

Algebra Homework Help - provides help by free math tutors.  Click on the 'lessons' portion of a topic to view tutorials for the topic chosen.

The Khan Academy - an AWESOME site which provides free interactive lessons and videos to an amazing collection of academic topics

Helping Children with ADD/ADHD - a variety of helpful resources for parents raising a child who has ADD or ADHD

Social and Emotional 

Kansas Children's Service League - Various resources including several tipcards for parents and/or youth on a variety of issues.  KCSL also provides a Parent Helpline, which is a free statewide, anonymous information and referral service.  You may call and speak with a trained person who will offer support to help you through difficult situations.  The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and Spanish.  You may call the Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN. 

GuardChild – There are some great resources on this site about internet safety, screen/gaming addiction, texting and driving, etc.  There are several links to various apps to help keep your student safe online.   Many eye-opening statistics regarding technology are also provided.  

Rachel Simmons - awesome resource for girls and their parents/guardians!

Tips for parents from Love & Logic - Articles and Advice for parents from the Love and Logic Institute

Books That Heal Kids - a blog from a school counselor reviewing books that help address many issues children may have to deal with.

Helping Children with Anxiety - If your child’s anxiety is interfering with his/her daily activities this site has resources and tips that may help!

Child Pyschology & Parenting Blog - Has great research-based information on a variety of issues including childhood disorders and parenting!  

Resources on Grief/Loss – This site has many articles about grief including how to support someone who is grieving.  

Kansas Suicide Prevention - This site offers immediate assistance if you or someone you care about is having suicidal thoughts.  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1(800) 273-TALK (8255)  or text TALK to 741741 to communicate via text with a trained crisis counselor.


Autism and Aspergers

U.S. Autism & Asperger Association - provides an amazing amount of information on legal issues, research, interventions, and therapies associated with autism spectrum disorders. They also provide networking opportunities for parents, professionals, students, and individuals affected by autism.  

OASIS @ MAAP - a resource for families and individuals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS)

Fun Activities for Children with Autism