- National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) – Information, resources and educational programs.
- Understood – Research-based information and support for families with kids ages 3-20 who have learning and attention issues.
- LDOnline – More good information about learning disabilities and ADHD.
- International Dyslexia Association – Information about dyslexia and how to help.
- The Autism Society of America supports those living with autism and their families.
- Wrightslaw – A site where parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys can get accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
- Parent Training and Information Centers – Provide information, training, and support to families of children with disabilities.
- Parents’ Place of Maryland – Supporting families of children with disabilities and special health care needs throughout Maryland.
- Advocates for Justice and Education – Washington DC – Supporting families of children with disabilities in the District of Columbia.
- Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center of Virginia – Supporting families of children with disabilities in the state of Virginia.
- Find your Parent Training and Information Center using this interactive map.
- Lives in the Balance is Ross Greene’s website. Here you can learn compassionate and effective strategies for supporting your Explosive Child. Dr. Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model also works well with kids who “implode” – shutting down when upset.
- Maryland Learning Links – Information, guidance, and resources related to Special Education and Early Intervention in Maryland. For administrators, teachers, providers and parents.
- For students transitioning to college, I really like LDA Advisory (Elizabeth Hamblet’s site for students with LD/ADHD) and College Web LD (Judy Bass’s site for helping students pick a college that’s a good fit).
- Parent Child Journey (formerly Raising Your Challenging Child) – A parent training program developed by Dr. Dan Shapiro, designed to help parents identify the source of their child’s behavior and learn what they can do about it. This class provides proactive strategies for raising children with difficult temperaments and developmental differences; parents learn to customize their approach to fit their child’s unique profile. I am an instructor for Dr. Shapiro’s class – you can find our current offerings for the Foundations in Parenting classes here, and for special topics relevant to parents here.
- Relationship Development Intervention (RDI™) – An individualized training program developed by Drs. Steven Gutstein and Rachelle Sheely that helps parents develop effective methods for guiding their children. Based on a detailed analysis of published research about the course of social-emotional development, and grounded in neuroscience, RDI™ changes the way parents interact with their children. It helps them understand how their child’s mind works, and how to create meaningful learning opportunities in everyday situations so their children can acquire the skills fundamental to making and maintaining meaningful relationships.
- CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
- NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Autism Society of America
- The Arc advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, in addition to providing services.
- Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder seeks to spread information, awareness, and hope for caregivers of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Groups in Central Maryland
- Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee of Prince George’s County – Educators, parents, and citizens working together to advocate for positive changes in special education in Prince George’s County.
- One World Center for Autism – An organization dedicated to supporting families dealing with autism. Located in Prince George’s County.
- GT/LD Network – A group in Montgomery County Maryland dedicated to educating parents and educators about Gifted and Talented (GT) and Learning Disabled (LD) students. The website has ideas on best practices; tips for effective advocacy; and local, regional, and national opportunities to learn more.
- The Children’s Developmental Clinic – A community service program run by Prince George’s Community College that supports children ages 2-11 with challenges in learning, physical fitness and coordination, language, emotional regulation, or orthopedic skills and their families. Sessions are hosted at the University of Maryland and at Prince Prince George’s Community College. The listserv associated with the group provides support for parents.
- PGTAG listserv (a Yahoo! Group) – Parents of Talented and Gifted kids in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Especially helpful for twice exceptional kids (kids who are both gifted and learning disabled.)
- Partnership for Extraordinary Minds – A group dedicated to improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, MD.