Resources for Parents with Children Struggling with Behavior Problems

By — National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities
Updated on Feb 17, 2011

NICHCY is pleased to connect you with sources of information for helping children who have behavior challenges. This particular Connections page is one of many focusing on behavior issues. That's because "behavior" is such a huge topic. We've divided the subject up into separate pages to make digesting it more manageable! The separate behavior pages are as follows:

If you want all of these separate pages rolled up into one resource you can print out, photocopy, and share with others, we've combined them all into: Behavior: The Works.

The page you are currently reading focuses upon where to access Behavior Expertise. Within, you'll find who's who in the behavior field, and where to go for more information, reading, links, and assistance. The list below isn't intended to be exhaustive of the behavior resources and expertise available to you---it's ever-growing. We'll be adding to this page constantly, so check back often to see what's new!

Centers and Projects

Researchers are hard at work trying to pinpoint the reason for a problem behavior and how to provide a resolution. The following groups' primary purpose is helping students improve their behavior.

  • The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.
    This site is great for administrators and school personnel who are working to put a school-wide system in place for dealing with disciplinary issues. You'll find info on Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA), school-wide support, classroom support, individual support, family support, conferences, presentations, newsletters, tools, and links to further info. Truly, a great site, also available in Spanish from the home page. Check it out!
  • Beach Center on Disability.
    Want to know why your child engages in problem behavior? Check out this guide to family-friendly resources from the Beach Center. Find out how to determine why a person with a disability engages in problem behavior and ways to support the individual in learning other ways to act. Read articles, personal stories, tip lists, and find out about other web sites, books, manuals, and reports on solving behavior problems.
  • Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
    Did you know that the number and quality of words a child hears in the early years of life have a tremendous impact on the development of their brain? A child's vocabulary development is closely tied to their early language experiences and to their ability to think rationally, solve problems, and reason abstractly. Wow! This site can teach you how to help improve your child's language abilities. Specific information is available on autism, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), behavior in everyday life, and parenting.
  • Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice.
    This site has a "mini web site" on FBA, Prevention Strategies that Work, Prevention and Early Intervention, Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health, and Strength Based Assessment. You'll find a whole lotta pubs. Some are also available in Spanish.  
  • The Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior.
    The mission of the Center is to promote the use of evidence-based practice to meet the needs of young children who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior. Find research syntheses on effective intervention procedures, presentation and workshop materials, training opportunities, and a wide variety of useful links. 
  • The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD).
    This site offers monthly updates on legislation affecting children with behavioral disorders. It offers publications, message boards, an advocacy section, links to other sites, and a quarterly newsletter (available online, free of charge). CCBD is a membership organization, comprised of educators, parents, mental health personnel, and a variety of other professionals.
  • Kentucky Behavior Page.
    To help a child make a change in behavior for the better, you first need to identify the causes of the misbehavior. Check out the Behavior Home Page Discussion Forum, to see what experts in the field are saying. Get resources for supporting behavior on the school-wide, group, and individual levels. Check out links to state and federal legislation. Read about professional resources.
  • Mental health.
    Take a good look at this site. It has info on children's mental health, a mental health dictionary, a listing of Indian mental health resources, and a toll-free number to call for help and information. You'll also find pubs on autism, add, anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, anger management, and more. Selected publications are in Spanish.
  • National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI).
    You'll find a ton of info on this site. Check out the reader-friendly overview on mental illness. Join an on-line discussion group for family members. Read personal stories of children and teens with mental illness. Print out fact sheets, brochures, and reading lists. Follow links to other children and adolescent sites. Some resources are available in Spanish.
  • Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health (RTC).
    The RTC's activities focus on improving services to children and youth who have mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders. This friendly, well-organized web site hosts monthly on-line family discussions. Keep up-to-date on relevant political and policy news. Browse through dozens and dozens of recent publications.
    This site is run by Leslie E. Packer, Ph.D. a psychologist who treats children and adolescents with Tourette's Syndrome and its associated conditions. Read succinct overviews of different disorders, including Tourette's syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Mood Disorder, Depression, Sleep Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Read classroom tips on how to deal with various behavior issues.
  • School Violence Prevention Initiative.
    Families, communities, and schools need to work together to conquer disruptive behavior disorders. This site offers tips for dealing with anger, managing conflict, and dealing with bullies. Learn the warning signs for violence. Read about successful research-based programs that build resilience to behavior disorders.
    These journals publish peer-reviewed articles about behavior research. Some content is available online at no charge. Other content requires a paid subscription.
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