Jana Deardorff MA, LPC, NCC, MAC
Anxiety Disorders: Everything you Need to Know. Caldwell, J. Paul. (Firefly Books, 2005). Has a great chapter on anxiety in children and adolescents, with overviews and checklists on a variety of anxiety disorders that occur in childhood.
In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior. Carnes, P., Delmonico, D.L. and Griffin, E. (Hazelden, 2001). Educates you about internet porn addiction helps you to understand the syndrome and recognize the signs.
Potatoes not Prozac. DesMaisons, Kathleen. (Simon & Schuster, 1999). Great nutritional book; discusses merits of different foods on mood.
The Chemistry of Joy. Emmons, H. with Kranz, R. (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Another great nutritional book that helps with an anti-depression diet.
Childhood and Society Erickson, Erik H. (WW Norton & Co., 1955). Only one of the fine writings of Erik Erickson—but particularly accessible and easy to read.
If Your Child Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder. Evans, D.L. and Andrews, L.W. (Oxford University Press, 2005). A guide to getting effective help for adolescents with serious mood disorders; has sections on psychiatric medications and current treatments.
Solve your Child’s Sleep Problems. Ferber, Richard. (Simon & Schuster, 2006). Gives hands-on advice on how to help your child deal with sleep disruption, sleep schedule abnormalities, etc.
Fed Up! Winning the War against Childhood Obesity. Okie, Susan. (Joseph Henry Press, 2005). Written by a family physician, this book offers tips on healthy eating and lifestyle; practical suggestions on teaching children how to eat for life; and how to find help for your overweight child.
Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know about Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask).Richardson, J. and Schuster, M. (Crown Publishers, 2003). Good resource on parenting techniques and childhood sexuality. Includes a section on parenting your sexually active child.
Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Sicile-Kira, Chantal. (The Berkley Publishing Group, 2006). Offers parents strategies for helping their autistic adolescents of various ability levels, focusing on how to prepare them for adulthood. Great section on transition planning for life after high school.
Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls.Simmons, Rachel. (Harcourt Books, 2002.)
If Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents. Walsh, T.W. and Cameron, V.L. (Oxford University Press, 2005). Provides tips on understanding eating disorders, navigating the health care system, and looking at current treatment issues, along with practical advice on handling day-to-day life after diagnosis is made. Has a fabulous resource section as well.
Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programs http://www.allaboutcounseling.com/dir/alcohol-and-drug-intervention/
http://www.bullying.org Provides educational information about preventing bullying and a speakers list for presentations to groups, communities, schools, conferences, and the like.
http://www.bullypolice.org Highly recommended site that advocates for bullied children and promotes anti-bullying legislation; rates the various states’ anti-bullying laws; tracks where anti-bullying law action is taking place; and lists various support groups; offers practical advice on how you can get involved.
http://www.cyberbullying.org Award-winning website that gives you examples of what cyberbullying looks like and the many forms it can take. Download their 13-page document, which gives information on how to report cyberbullying along with step-by-step instructions on how to copy headers and forward them to the appropriate authority using all types of programs; tips on how to report to major ISPs; and instructions for copying screenshots of offensive content for reporting purposes. Great resource lists and information on how to access support groups as well.
www.stopgirlbullying.com Site put together by Youthlight Books; excellent source of information; good tips and resource list.
Jason Foundation - Offers free educational curriculum and training programs about teen suicide for students, educators/youth workers and parents.
www.drugwatch.com Website providing information on prescription and over-the-counter medications that can cause serious side effects.
Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. - A nonprofit organization that provides information about all types of food and weight disorders; lots of great self-help tips and information about recovery and prevention.
Eating Disorders: The Ultimate Online Resource Guide
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists - Great information and links; includes Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder
National Association of Social Workers
National Center for Learning Disabilities - Has a wealth of information on all types of learning disorders, information on advocacy, etc.
American Psychological Association