Helpful Resources / Links
Below are links to some resources many of the families working with Pediatric Services find helpful.
Help Me Grow, MN: http://helpmegrowmn.org
Help Me Grow provides resources for families to look at developmental milestones, to learn if there are concerns and to take the lead in seeking additional support in referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost.
MN children from birth to five-years-old, if found eligible, can receive services in their home, school, or child-care setting. These services are free regardless of income or immigrant status.
Help Me Grow is an interagency initiative of the State of Minnesota (Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of Human Services) partnering with all local service agencies.
The Arc: http://www.thearc.org/
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc encompasses all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.
First Signs: http://firstsigns.org/
First Signs is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about autism and related disorders.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) video glossary found here is a particularly helpful resource that contains over 200 video clips which parents, educators, physicians, and others, can use to learn about the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and to spot the early red flags for ASD.
Behave Your Best Online Parent Workshops: http://behaveyourbest.com/workshops-on-demand/
Follow this link for high-quality, evidence-based workshops (including one on toilet training!) that you can access from the comfort of home, whenever it works for you.
Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health (MACMH): http://www.macmh.org/
MACMH’s mission is to promote positive mental health for all infants, children, adolescents and their families.
Autism Speaks: https://www.autismspeaks.org/
Autism Speaks is North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.