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Find local counseling and support group resources HERE
 
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Check our calendar for our current parenting classes and speakers

 

 
The Child Mind Institute  website has mental health and wellness topics A-Z . They also have a symptom checker tool,  which cannot diagnose your child, but  can help inform you about possible diagnoses and offer information and articles to help you learn more, and to facilitate a conversation with a professional. 
 
Hey Sigmund is a blog that covers diverse mental health topics for adults and children.
 
Recommended Book: Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child’s Learning, Behavior or AttentionJones,  McEvoy, Gangwish.  Offers help figuring out what’s going on with your child’s behavioral, learning or mental health challenges; includes:  a checklist system to help you find your starting point, avenues of support, common misdiagnoses, which practitoners do what, what to ask, and descriptions of both Western medicine and alternative options.
 
 
Technology/Social Media

Common Sense Media  is a great resource to help you sort through the movies, tv shows, video games, etc that your child or teen is interested in. They  provide reviews of movies, apps, games, and books to help parents make informed decisions about children’s media  exposure and entertainment. Practical balanced information about anything media related.
 

Raising Digital Natives  is the website of Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World.   The book is great and the blog offers advice and insight, with a focus on mentoring over monitoring; as well as a fee based "phone-wise" course to help your family evaluate your child's cell phone readiness.

 

 

Parenting children with special needs

Weston Youth Services is meeting with parents to talk about how the community can support parents and families of children with  special needs. Interested in joining us? Contact  WYS Director Laura Cleary, 

Sped*Net Wilton: Special education network of Wilton. Information and programs.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center Resources, parent support, speakers, etc. for parents of children with special needs in CT

FAVOR is a CT based resource:  "offers a single place for families with children who have medical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges to find information, assistance and training." Many of their groups are not in the local area, but I think they could be a source for advocacy and info. for Weston families.

Understood.org: Great website with  information about parenting children with learning and attention issues and more.

Tilt parenting podcast: An excellent podcast for parents of  "differently wired" children.

 

Social/Friendship

 

Girls Leadership:  Excellent resource, with many programs, resources &  events  related to girls and parenting girls. I especially recommend the parent education videos which can help you wisely navigate issues sucha s friendship, communication and confidence.About girls but in many ways applies to any child.

How to Help Your Children Build Healthier Friendships (and Deal with the Tetchy Ones) From Hey Sigmund, a wesbsite/blog with great information about mental health and wellness.

Your Child's Friendship Dramas: Do's and Don'ts for Parents: Great advice from the Imperfect Families blog

BOOK: Untangled, Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthoodby  Lisa Damour.  Smart, solid info from a school psychologist, with a focus on raising girls but a lot of it applies to boys also!  Each section ends with a "when to worry." 

BOOK: Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, Rosealind Wiseman.  This book offers perspective on how boys think, and how to support healthy development of boys.

 

LGBT Resources

Find and extensive lists of resources HERE

 

Sexual Education 

Amaze.org  Age-appropriate animated videos for adolescents ages 10 to 14 and solid helpful information  for parents and educators with a focus on  open lines of communication about important sexual health topics, gender identity and sexuality.

 

Birds & Bees & Kids is a great website with a focus on helping parents communicate with kids about their bodies, and sexuality in age appropriate, positive  and health ways. Lots of resources and education, some free and some fee based.