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Mental Health Information
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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. 
 
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  NAMI CT is the state branch offering more local resources, including support groups.
 
The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board has lots of region specific information and support, including an event and program calendar.  They also support Turningpointct.org, which offers mental health and wellness support and programs specifically for young adults.
 
Hey Sigmund is a blog that covers diverse mental health topics for adults and children.
 
 
Recommended BookChild 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

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: High quality 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.

BOOK: Untangled, Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, by  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.

 

Gender &  Sexualtity

 

Triangle Community Center (TCC), Norwalk, is Fairfield County's leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community. They have many free groups that meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, and they have events and resources.

The Trevor Project Lifeline (866) 488 7386  Resources, information and a crisis & support  line for LGBT youth and allies. Chat, text or phone help.

True Colors  is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. They have a big annual youth conference in March at UCONN Storrs. Nothing real close to Weston but can be a source of support and info.

CT Children's Medical Center  Gender program "provides compassionate care to children and adolescents who express a strong desire to be a gender other than that assigned at birth." Their website offers resources including gender dysphoria support groups, school safety, finding a therapist, etc.

 

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.