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RESOURCES
(Updated 10/25/2008)

This section includes those sites that, in my opinion, provide valuable and timely information important to parents and educational/mental health professionals.  I personally review all sites listed.  I do not endorse sites or products.  While some of the information may be specific to California, much of it is likely to be useful to professionals throughout the United States and possibly other countries.

 -- Bruce M. Gale, PhD


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Local Los Angeles Resources
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ADD/ADHD

Anger Control Problems
Anxiety Disorders
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Computers and Technology
Drug Information (Teens)
Education Tools
Inclusion in Schools
Mental Retardation
  Non-Verbal Learning Disorders
  PDD
  Testing and Assessment
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ADD/ADHD Resources
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ADOL: Adolescence Directory On-Line

Adolescence Directory On-Line (ADOL) is an electronic guide to information on adolescent issues. It is a service of the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University. Educators, counselors, parents, researchers, health practitioners, and teens can use ADOL to find Web resources for these topics:
Web link:  http://education.indiana.edu/cas/adol/adol.html

ADHD and Special Needs Outside the Box!
Original articles, research, teaching strategies for the inclusive classroom, news, forum, and pages of annotated lists of resources for teachers working with misunderstood kids who struggle with attention deficit and related special needs.
Web link: http://adhd.kids.tripod.com

ADHD (and other disorders) On-Line e-book written by a pediatric neurologist (if it asks for a password, just click "cancel")
An online book (free) written by Martin L. Kutscher, MD, a pediatric neurologist who is deeply involved in ADHD. The book explains the extended spectrum of problems seen in ADHD and provides summaries of his impression of solid treatment advice.  There is also a wealth of information about Asperger's Syndrome and other disorders.  Definitely worth looking around.
Web link: http://www.pediatricneurology.com/adhd.htm


Anger Control Problems
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●APA (American Psychological Association)
Information from the APA Public Affairs office about how anger affects individuals and what they can do to control it.
Web link:  http://www.apa.org/pubinfo/anger.html

Anxiety Disorders
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●ADAA (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)

A national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to informing the public, healthcare professionals and legislators that anxiety disorders are real, serious and treatable. The ADAA promotes the early diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders, and is committed to improving the lives of the people who suffer from them.
Web link:  http://www.adaa.org

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, valuable resource, information on support groups
Web link:  http://www.ocfoundation.org


Autistic Spectrum Disorders
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●NIH Studies

Sept 17, 06:  The National Institutes of Health has launched 3 studies looking at aspects of autism.  They are designed to address:

  1. Potential different subtypes of autism spectrum disorders and related treatments;
  2. The effectiveness of using the antibiotic minocycline, which has been found to be effective in managing changes in the immune response that cause inflammation in the brain.
  3. The widespread but unproven theory that autism may be treated successfully by chelation therapy, which seeks to remove heavy metals from the blood.  This practice is based on the belief that many cases of autism were caused by exposure to thimerosol, a mercury-based preservative previously used in childhood vaccines.
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Chapel Hill Autism Links Underrated
Reorganized since the last time it was reviewed.  A treasure trove of useful information with links to many, many other sites.  Includes timely news, information about major therapies, even special clothing.  Mixture of resources, research, and vendors.
Web link: http://www.teacch.com/welcome.html

National Institute of Mental Health
Online version of available pamphlet, this is an extremely thorough and well-written compendium of information covering many aspects of Autistic Spectrum Disorder for families and clinicians looking for a broad overview.  Details information on diagnosis, characteristics and needs at different ages assessment, school services, diet, and treatments.
Web link: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/autism.cfm

●O.A.S.I.S. - On-line Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support
O.A.S.I.S. (On-line Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support).  Still one of the most up to date and complete resources for information on Asperger's Syndromes and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Web link: http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger

●Stanford University - Glossary of terms
Surprisingly helpful but short list of terms relating to autism and proband studies. Also lists the meaning of various statistical terms and test instruments that might be referenced in articles on autism and related disorders.
Web link: http://aarr.stanford.edu/glossary.htm

●Stanford University - Autistic Traits in the General Population, Twin Study (Constantino, 2003)
Recent research has indicated that autism is not a discrete disorder and that family members of autistic probands have an increased likelihood of exhibiting autistic symptoms with a wide range of severity, often below the threshold for a doctor to make a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. (more >>)
Web link: http://aarr.stanford.edu/GENETICS/Constantino.htm

●Yale Child Study Center

Yale Child Study Center autism and Asperger's link.  Research and articles by Drs. Fred Volkmar and Ami Klin.  Provides timely and comprehensive information.  Be sure to check out the FAQ page.

Web link:  http://info.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/autism/index.html

Wrong Planet
Good for both families and indivdiuals with autistic spectrum disorders.  Facilities online communication between members via "blogs."  Check out the poetry section -- very interesting!  -- BG. "WrongPlanet.net is a web community designed for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, and other PDDs. We provide a forum, where members can communicate with each other, an article section, where members may read and submit essays or how-to guides about various subjects, and a chatroom for real-time communication with other Aspies."
Web link: http://www.wrongplanet.net/index.php



Computers and Technology
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Children's Digital Media Center
The CDMC unites a national community of scholars, researchers, educators, policy-makers, and industry professionals in a community whose goal is to improve the media environment in which children live and learn. The web site provides tools for networking, disseminating information, and discussing important developments in research on children and media and in design of media for children.  Be sure to check out the video game reviews at on the site.
Web link: http://www.digital-kids.net/index.php

ISAAC (Internet System for Assessing Autistic Children)
This is a web-based application for administering and managing health research projects/studies and the associated data.  Designed for researchers, it claims to simplify the process of developing data entry, data validation, and data edit forms/templates. ISAAC has a growing lists of available tools, or they will help you develop one (Note:  I have not personally tried this service).
Web link: http://www.autismtools.org/index.cfm


 

Drug Information
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Drug Information (Teens) - "Stop Drugs.org"
Drug information from the California Department of Justice.  Not as well organized and lacks a search function.  But, has useful information on drugs and resources
Web link: http://stopdrugs.org


Education Tools
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●Educator's Desktop
The Educator's Reference Desk builds on over a quarter century of experience providing resources and services to the education community. From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, the Educator's Reference Desk provides resources on. 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.
Web link:  http://www.eduref.org

●Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)
A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. This collection exists in order to make on-line Special Education resources more easily and readily available in one location.
Web link:  http://seriweb.com
 

Learning Disabilities
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●LD Online
Wide range of information available on LD, ADHD, and related disorders, including nonverbal learning disorders.  Has interesting features, such as "kid's artwork."  Events and conferences calendar, national and state by state (scroll down to find your state) resource list
Web link: http://www.ldonline.org/abcs_info/articles-info.html
For Information about Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, click here

Mental Retardation and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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●AAMD
Wide range of information available on mental retardation, including AAMR definition.  Readers should be aware that there are somewhat different criteria for educational situations and that in additional to the AAMR definition, there are DSM-IV and ICD-9 and ICD-10 definitions.  For a historical review and detailed accounting of these different definitions, click here or visit the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama Web site:  http://www.uab.edu/cogdev/index.htm  (Please note:  this article contains valuable information about mental retardation, however the versions of many psychological tests referenced and the edition of Dr. Sattler's book are not current).
Web link: http://www.aamr.org/
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●Univ ofAlabama Cognitive Development Lab
Useful articles about how children with mental retardation learn and understand.  Fairly technical.
Web link: http://www.uab.edu/cogdev/mr.htm
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●Boston Children's Hospital
Excellent searchable information.  For PDD, check out this site at the hospital.
Web link: http://www.childrenshospital.org/
 

Non-Verbal
Learning Disabilities

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Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities Association
NLDA is a non-profit corporation dedicated to research, education, and advocacy for nonverbal learning disorders.
Web link:  http://www.nlda.org
NLDLine
Educating the caregivers and associates of individuals with NLD is the prime goal of this website; next is the desire to network those interested in NLD. 
Web link:  http://www.nldline.com
O.A.S.I.S. Nonverbal Learning Disorders Page
Extremely comprehensive review, covering diagnostic features, assessment, and service deliver issues, especially about accommodations in schools.
Weblink:  http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/NLD_SueThompson.html

School Inclusion
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Inclusion Article from Wisconsin Education Association Council
Provides definitions and information about inclusion.  Reviews relevant some of the landmark cases addressing this issue.
Web link:  http://www.weac.org/resource/june96/speced.htm or click here


 

Testing and Assessment
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About Psychological Tests
From the American Psychological Association, Frequently Asked Questions about tests, procedures, and how to access more information.
Web link:  http://www.apa.org/science/faq-findtests.html

Requesting an IEE for testing and FAAs, Case examples, Information about Psychological Tests
Broad ranging 28 page resource.  From Rene Folse, PhD, JD, Handout:  Psychological and Educational Tests for Special Education Students
Web link:  http://www.apa.org/science/faq-findtests.html PDF Version

Requesting an IEE for testing
Letter dated February 2004 from the California Office of Special Education Programs to  Alice D. Parker, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, California Department of Education on the topic of IEE's, examiner qualifications, and district policies.
Web link:   Resources/requesting_an_iee.htm
 
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