While we often have a plethora of informative resources ‘at the ready’ for families of young children, it is important to consider how families of children with special needs may be searching for additional resources that focus specifically on the needs of their child. Often, it is these families and child care providers that can benefit the most from individualized resource materials.
Searching the web for these resources can feel overwhelming given that special needs is an ‘umbrella’ definition that encompasses everything from attention deficit disorder to speech/language problems, to the full spectrum of autism. In addition, there are many relevant audiences in a child’s life (parent, siblings, child care providers) that may benefit from targeted resource materials.
Here are a few links that we found that can help inspire your search for resources to share within your community:
- Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Educators and Parents – Harvard Family Research Project: A publication outlining a number of resources for both parents and child care providers.
- Center for Parent Information and Resources – This website contains individual links to PDF handouts that are specific to individual disabilities. Most handouts are available in both English & Spanish.
- A Resource Guide to Raising a Child with a Disability in the Mid-Willamette Valley – Oregon State University, College of Public Health & Human Sciences: While some of the resources are specific to the Willamette Valley, there are entire sections devoted to State of Oregon & National resources.