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.

Behavior Journals

  • From AAMR.
    The AAMR publishes (1) The American Journal on Mental Retardation, a scholarly research journal, (2) Mental Retardation, a practitioners journal of research, reviews, and opinions, and (3) AAMR FYI, an online newsletter, published 6 times/year.
  • Behavior Modification.
    Formerly entitled the Behavior Modification Quarterly, this journal is for researchers, academics, and practitioners in clinical psychology. It covers a wide range of topics, including problem behavior, learning disabilities, and phobias. Check out a sample issue.
  • Behavioral Interventions.
    Get a sample copy of this journal for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and researchers. It reports research and practices of the use of behavior techniques.
  • British Journal of Developmental Psychology.
    This journal publishes discussion papers, and brief reports on all aspects of developmental psychology. You can order it online.
  • Child Development.
    This bimonthly journal covers topics in child development, from the fetal period through adolescence.
  • Developmental Psychology.
    Publishes articles that advance knowledge and theory about human development across the lifespan. View the current and past table of contents, online.
  • Journal for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
    Written for physicians, clinicians, psychologist, and researchers, this journal covers developmental and psychosocial aspects of pediatric health care. Topics include learning disorders, developmental disabilities, and emotional, behavioral, and psychosomatic problems.
  • Journal for the Education of Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR).
    JESPAR publishes literature and report reviews, research articles on promising reform programs, and case studies on "schools that work." Selected articles are available free of charge. Read the table of contents for the current issue, as well as issues back to 1996.
  • Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
    Abstracts of journal articles are available online. Select "Browse Publications A-Z," go to J and scroll through the J's until you come to Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. There are two listings. To view abstracts of articles appearing from 1997 to present, you want the second listing, which leads you to listings for the journal as published by Springer. The first listing is the Historical Archive of the journal when it was published by Kluwer Publishers.
  • Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions.
    This journal publishes research articles, discussions, literature reviews, and conceptual papers, programs and practices, family support and family perspectives, and reviews of published materials. Read table of contents and abstracts on issues back to 1999.
  • Journal of School Psychology.
    In this journal, you'll find original articles on empirical research and practice relevant to the development of school psychology as both a scientific and an applied specialty.
  • The Behavior Analyst.
    You can order this online. View the table of contents of the current issue and previous issue. Search journal abstracts. Read selected article reprints.

Professionals Who Can Help


  • American Federation of Teachers
    555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
    202.879.4400 (phone) (e-mail)
  • National Education Association
    1201 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
    202.833.4000 (phone)
    202.822.7974 (fax) (web)


  • American Psychological Association
    750 First Street, NE, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20002-4241
    202.336.5500 (phone)

Medical Doctors, Including Psychiatrists 

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007
    847.228.5005 (phone) (web)
  • American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children
    Child Welfare League of America, 440 First Street, NW, 3rd Floor
    Washington, DC 20001-2085
    202.942.0295 (phone) (web)
  • American Psychiatric Association
    1400 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
    202.682.6220 (phone) (web)
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Child, Adolescent and Family Branch Center for Mental Health Services
    5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-49, Bethesda, Md. 20857
    301.443.1333 (phone)
    800.789.2647 (toll-free phone) (web) (web)
  • Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health
    Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University
    212.543.6066 (phone)
    212.543.5260 (fax) (web)


  • School Social Worker Association of America
    PO Box 2072, Northlake IL 60164
    847.289.4527; 847.289.4642 (phone) (e-mail)
  • American Counseling Association
    5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
    703.823.0252 (phone)
    800.347.6647 (toll-free phone)
    703.823.6862 (tty)
    800.473.2329 (toll-free fax) (web)

Need help understanding all of those jargony terms you're encountering as you delve more deeply into behavior concerns? With these glossaries, dictionaries, and cheat sheets, you can sound like an expert yourself.

What Do They Mean By...? 

  • Behavior intervention terms.
    This glossary, from Utah Students at Risk, covers behavioral intervention terms. At the bottom of each defined term is a PDF link to more information regarding that behavioral intervention.