ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
Link for information on what ADHD is. http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/adhd.html
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others. Workshops recommended for school based OTs. http://www.chadd.org/
Handwriting Without Tears. Handwriting program that makes teaching handwriting successful and fun. http://www.hwtears.com/
Through the use of having the brain and body work together the individuals concentration, memory, reading, writing, organizing, listening, and physical coordination improve. http://www.braingym.org/
How Does Your Engine Run? program. Program that allows children to self-monitor their internal alertness.
Brings sensory integration to schools. http://www.henryot.com/
SARRC Autism information. http://www.autismcenter.org/
Local clinic in Scottsdale that assesses & treats children to adults with emotional problems, learning difficulties, dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmentaldisorders, behavioral & mood disorders. http://www.melmedcenter.com/
United Cerebral Palsy http://www.ucp.org/
Information on cerebral palsy http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
National down syndrome society http://www.ndss.org/
National Association for Down Syndrome http://www.nads.org/
General information on Down Syndrome http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/medical/genetic/down_syndrome.html
No Child Left Behind http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Child_Left_Behind
Arizona department of Education http://www.ade.az.gov/
Arizona Department of Education website linked to No Child Left Behind http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/
Arizona Department of Education website linked to Arizona Guidance for Title II-A Funds.
Arizona Department of Education website linked to Standards & Assessment Division & Arizona Academic Standards. http://www.ade.az.gov/standards/contentstandards.asp
Arizona Department of Economic Security homepage then linked to Division of Developmental Disabilities.
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individuals_with_Disabilities_Education_Act
IEP (Individualized Education Plan) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individualized_Education_Program
Website designed to inform individuals about special education law and advocacy. Resources that employees can use to help with therapy. http://www.harborhouselaw.com/
Resources for sensory processing disorder http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/occupational-therapy-resources.html
Phoenix Childrens Hospital online Emily Center. Emily Center is the hospitals library that has extensive knowledge on illnesses. This link gives you the ability to look up information online using their database.
Good resource for things going on in and around Arizona. Also, lists doctors and other valuable resources for parents and therapists. http://www.raisingarizonakids.com/
Website that can be used to strengthen and improve your visual information process skills: Perception, tracking, focusing, and eye teaming.
Good website to find good quality toys for visual memory, visual perception, etc. https://www.fatbraintoys.com/index.cfm
Good website to order pencil grips from. http://www.learninggearplus.com/
This site provides a central place where therapists can exchange ideas, share experiences and brainstorm together. It also provides resources for other professionals and parents who support children with special needs. http://www.otexchange.com/index.php
Website for eye puzzle games. http://www.setgame.com/
Good website for eye exercises.
Website for educators and those who work with kids. Loaded with games and activities. This is a link for visual perceptual games. http://www.edhelper.com/visual_skills.htm
Good website for coloring pages, fun activities for kids. http://www.kidzone.ws/
This is scholastic website. This is a good resource for mazes, word finds, and other visual perception games. http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/home.jsp
OTdirect is an independent site for Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants and OT students, produced by OTs in their spare time. It aims to provide not only links to useful resources on the web, but study notes, practice updates and training listings. http://www.otdirect.co.uk
Website resource for fine motor and visual motor skills.
Raising Special Kids is a non-profit organization serving families of children with disabilities and special health needs in Arizona. All programs and services are provided to families free of charge. http://www.raisingspecialkids.org
This is a therapeutic tool used to improve fine motor skills and improve handwriting legibility. Finger Fitter pencil. A new and improved thick triangular pencil with and without an eraser. The three sides created by a triangular shape provide wider surfaces for pointer finger, thumb and middle finger. The finger surfaces are also presented at better angles for hand structure. The result is better feel and therefore more relaxation. If your student is pinching and squeezing with multiple finger involvement, select this thicker pencil. A thicker barrel separates the small muscles and allows better gross involvement. It means that the child is able to use the muscle groups that we want to train for fluent writing later on. http://www.peterson-handwriting.com/special.htm
Speech Organizations and Associations AAC: The AAC Institute is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the most effective communication for people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication. A resource for people who rely on AAC, their families and friends, professionals and educators, researchers, developers and manufacturers, funding and other parties. http://www.aacinstitute.org
AAPPSPA: American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology the voice and resource for private practitionerswww.aappspa.org ADHS: Arizona Department of Health Services. http://www.azdhs.gov
ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 127,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
ASHA Journals: Access to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associations research journals. http://journals.asha.org
NSSLHA: National Student Speech LanguageHearing Association is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. http://www.nsslha.org
Specific Topics/Related Issues AutismARI: Autism Research Institute is primarily devoted to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood. http://www.autism.com
Speech & Autism Resources is an extensive list of technical textbooks, all with reviews. http://www.therapeuticresources.com
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on treatment modality that is said to enhance self-healing abilities as well as provide symptomatic relief from a wide variety of dysfunctions and disabilities. http://www.iahe.com/html/therapies/cst.jsp
Autism: And its Connection to ADD/ADHD, CFS/CFIDS presented by Michael J. Goldberg, M.D., F.A.A.P. http://www.neuroimmunedr.com
Fluency: The Stuttering Foundation of America: free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. Offers extensive educational programs on stuttering for professionals.
Therapy Materials/Lesson Ideas Speech Therapy Activities: Free, easy to use articulation cards and pictures to help improve your speech, language references and book reviews, information on Phonological Awareness and Phonemic Awareness, ideas and information to help integrate technology into the profession of speech and language therapy, and archives of the monthly newsletter. http://www.speechtx.com
Fun Activities: Creating Multimedia Solutions for Education http://www.1-to-z.co.uk/activities.asp