Helpful Links

Los Niños Services provides the following links for possible information that may be helpful to parents or professionals interested in learning more about various topics. Most summary descriptions are verbatim from the sites themselves. We do not endorse these sites nor approve any content.


If you have a link you feel should be reviewed and possibly included on these pages, feel free to contact us.

Early Childhood Links

              Autism Speaks Family Services offer a number of Spanish-language resources.       They include:  Autism Speaks Manual de los 100 Dias (100 Day Tool Kit), Autism       Speaks Autismo Respuesta Linea Directa (Autism Response Team Hotline): 1-         888- 772-9050, Autism Speaks Biblioteca de Recursos (Autism Resource Library)
              Autism Outreach Southern California, LLC is a San Diego based company that provides one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children ages 12 months to 18 years and their families who are impacted by autism and related disorders. We service families across the great San Diego metropolitan area. We use the evidence-based principles and methodologies of ABA to increase acquisition of language, cognitive, adaptive and social skills while decreasing engagement in maladaptive behavior across all environments.
              Birth Injury Guide is a comprehensive informational website on all types of birth injuries. Our goal is to provide helpful information and guidance to parents if their child was born with a birth injury.
              Spanish-language resources on child abuse and neglect, prevention, child protective services, foster care, permanency, and adoption. Selected publications are available in both Spanish and English. Many can be viewed or ordered directly from this site.
     is a comprehensive destination for scientifically sound, parent-friendly information on child and adolescent mental health. On you’ll find the latest information on signs and symptoms of psychiatric and learning disorders, as well as interactive tools for parents to investigate specific concerns they have about kids, from difficulty in school to disabling anxiety to disruptive behavior. You’ll also find advice, and strategies for parents dealing with hot-button issues like bullying, body image, self-esteem, substance abuse, social media, sex, and discipline.
              Cerebral Palsy Guide provides parents with information on cerebral palsy causes, symptoms and the treatments that are available.
              Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a comprehensive informational website of cerebral palsy.From informationon cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles, covers all aspects of cerebral palsy.
              For over 35 years Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) has worked in partnership with New York City’s most impoverished and vulnerable families to secure quality and equal public education services. AFC works on behalf of children from infancy to age 21 who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure.
              The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics was established in May 2004 for the purpose of identifying major educational challenges facing Hispanic children throughout the United States from birth through the primary grades and making recommendations for actions.
              Kim West is known as the Sleep Lady and has developed a number of resources including a book on how parents can help their children get enough sleep and the importance of sleep in daily functioning.
              The Early Intervention Program: A Parent’s Guide
              For Children With Special Needs – Birth to Age Three
              The Professional Resource For Teachers And Parents
              We are a group of parents who want to make a positive and lasting
              difference in the lives of parents and children. We’ve created
              an online community that shares our values and goals in raising,
              educating and providing for our children.
              Early Intervention Training Center, enhancing the quality of supports
              and services provided to families of infants and toddlers through
              ongoing support, training and other professional development
              activities for families receiving early intervention services,
              early intervention personnel, and other associated early childhood
              NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene list of Early Intervention
              Provider directories, updated March 2007.
              New York Association for Early Childhood and Infant Psychologists
              website. This group has a directory of early childhood psychologists
              and produces a journal and provides trainings/workshops.
              Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.
              A website of this professional national organization comprised
              especially of special education teachers working with young children.
              A nonmembership organization of those working on behalf of young
              children through social policy, research, and training.
              A national association of early childhood professionals, especially
              representing teachers of early childhood programs such as head
              start, early head start, pre-k programs. They boast the largest
              early childhood conference in the world.
              The New York State Association of School Psychologists representing
              the interests of this professional group.
              International Society on Infant Studies – a not-for-profit professional
              organization devoted to the promotion and dissemination of research
              on the development of infants.
              Society for Research in Child Development – multidisciplinary,
              not-for-profit professional association with an international
              membership of researchers, practitioners and human development
              World Association of Infant Mental Health – international interdisciplinary
              association that promotes education, research and study of social development
              and mental health of infants, parents and caregivers.
              Early Head Start National Resource Center
              Early Childhood Resource Center – promotes optimal development
              of infants, toddlers and preschoolers through training and other
              American Psychological Association – Developmental Psychology Division
              – promotes research in the field of developmental psychology
              and high standards in the application of scientific knowledge
              to educational, child care, policy and related settings.
              Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services – Early Childhood
              Research Institute – collects and describes early childhood/early
              intervention resources that have been developed across the
              U.S. for children with disabilities and their families and service
              Circle of Inclusion – for early childhood service providers and
              families of young children, birth to age 8.
              New York State
              Early Intervention Program official website with state regulations,
              developmental checklist and other information.
              New York
              City Early Intervention Program official website with provider
              directories and important memos.
            • The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
              The center supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals
              with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Our mission is to strengthen
              service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through
              five) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally
              appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.
              The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership
              organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start
              children and their families. It represents more than 1 million children,
              200,000 staff and 2,700 Head Start programs in the United States.
              Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for Americans to let Congress
              and governors know that they support the important mission of Head
              Start and do not want to see this program serving nearly 1 million
              at-risk children destroyed.
              The New York State Child Care Coordinating Council (NYSCCCC) has been
              working to make quality, affordable child care available to New York’s
              families since 1975. Rooted in a statewide network of child care resource
              and referral agencies, the membership of NYSCCCC includes wide representation
              from child care providers, parents, businesses, community organizations,
              and other individuals.
              CICC, the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, offers a web site of numerous programs and materials
              to help parents become more effective and numerous continuing education
              programs and materials for professionals who work with children and
              The New York Zero-to-Three Network promotes the optimal development
              of young children, their families, and their communities in the
              New York region. The Network provides support and information to
              professionals who work with New York’s youngest children and their
              families by creating opportunities for interdisciplinary learning
              and collaboration.
              Our team at provides the latest up-to-date information and free resources for expecting parents. There have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants thanks to donors worldwide. With more awareness we can increase this number and further save the lives of children battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Visit their sister site as well
              Our children’s safety team at strives to provide a comprehensive free resource for the public to learn more about defective children’s devices such as baby strollers, high chairs, and drop side cribs that can potentially cause harm and even death.
     helps protects infants from cigarette smoke at home and in daycare.

Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder Links

                  A list of the 101 best Autism and Asperger’s resources on the web . The complexity and shifting definitions of the term autism spectrum disorder and other related conditions makes this an important subject for anyone working with students or clients with these diagnoses. These sites are broadly categorized in no set order, and they offer information, from scientific data to personal anecdotes, that makes it easier to understand autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other relevant disorders.
                  A wonderful certificate program for parents or professionals who want to learn Floortime strategies in the DIR model which has been developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and expanded by Dr. Rick Solomon.
                • This website is devoted to information helping the parent first learning about autism or suspecting autism in their young child.
                  The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong
                  access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum,
                  and their families, to be fully participating, included members of
                  their community.
                  A site offering information and links regarding the developmental
                  disabilities autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
                  The Center for the Study of Autism provides information about
                  autism to parents and professionals, and conducts research on
                  the efficacy of various therapeutic interventions.
                  Cure Autism Now is an organization of parents, physicians,
                  and researchers, dedicated to promoting and funding research
                  with direct clinical implications for treatment and a cure for
                  Group of parents who have children on the Autism Spectrum or who suffer from inflammatory diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. Recent studies suggest a link between these conditions. We each know how overwhelming it can be when your child is first diagnosed. As well, we understand the daily struggle as well as the joys of raising these very special children. We have come together to curate and create resources that have been helpful to us in the hopes that these will help other parents struggling to care for and to help their children thrive.
                  The purpose of this site is to guide you to the key issues
                  associated with autism spectrum disorders.
                  The National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) is the first
                  organization in the U.S. dedicated to funding and accelerating
                  biomedical research focusing on autism spectrum disorders.
                  National Institutes of Mental Health publications and FAQs regarding
                  FEAT is a non-profit organization of parents, educators, and
                  other professionals dedicated to providing world-class Education,
                  Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community.
                  Arizona State University’s online certification program for autism spectrum disorders – a helpful resource for educators and family members who want to prepare for working with children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder.
                  Since 1974, Geneva Centre for Autism has been the leader in developing
                  and teaching the most effective techniques for those affected by
                  Autism/P.D.D. The Centre delivers services to enhance the lives
                  of people affected by Autism/P.D.D.
                  Society For The Autistically Handicapped. The Society exists
                  to increase awareness of autism, together with well established
                  and newly developed approaches in the diagnosis, assessment,
                  education and treatment. The main goal is to improve the quality
                  of life for persons with Autism.
                  Links and resources regarding autism and pervasive developmental
                  Patient-centered guides, books, and articles regarding autism.
                  The Autism Channel is a friendly place for the discussion of
                  Autism and related disorders such as PDD, Aspergers Syndrome,
                  etc. We discuss therapies, treatment options, what has worked,
                  what hasn’t, and just chat with other people who understand
                  our lives. (Live chat).
                  This is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to “Social
                  Justice for All Citizens with Autism” through a shared vision
                  and a commitment to positive approaches.
                  Autism Network International, an autistic-run self-help and advocacy
                  organization for autistic people.
                  We became the leading publisher in the world in autism/Asperger’s
                  primarily because my son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism. This
                  event led me to write a charming little book, “Laughing
                  and Loving with Autism.”
                  National Library of Medicine / Medline links regarding autism.
                  autismconnect is a FREE web site, which aims to be the first
                  port of call for anyone interested in autism, providing news,
                  events, world maps, and rapid access to other web sites with
                  information on autism.
                  The World Autism Organisation (WAO), officially announced on
                  November 21 1998 in Luxembourg, has for main goal to help making
                  better the quality of life of autistic people and that of their
                  families throughout the world.
                  Vaccines and Autism Theory:At a glance: The weight of currently
                  available scientific evidence does not support the hypothesis
                  that vaccines cause autism
                  The Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders; by Stephen E.
                  Brock, Ph.D., NCSP, Carolyn Chang, Vanessa Gatewood; California
                  State University, Sacramento; Department of Special Education,
                  Rehabilitation, and School Psychology
                  Welcome to the California Department of Developmental Services
                  (DDS). DDS is the agency through which the State of California
                  provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental
                  disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation,
                  cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions.
                  Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Best Practice Guidelines for Screening,
                  Diagnosis and Assessment provides recommendations, guidance and information about current “best practice” in the field. These Guidelines offer evidence-based recommendations and cannot be interpreted as policy or regulation, but as a tool designed to help health care providers and families make informed decisions regarding identification, diagnosis and assessment of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Additionally, these Guidelines provide a framework for the development and broad implementation of educational and training programs designed to reach professionals who in their day-to-day practice may encounter individuals suspected of having an ASD.
                • with an autistic child can pose many challenges. Children with autism often withdraw within themselves and have trouble interacting with the world around them. Every case of autism is a little different; some children can communicate verbally, while others struggle with all communication, including nonverbal hand gestures and facial expressions. Once parents begin to understand the signs and conditions of their individual child’s autism, they can begin to develop a plan for communicating with their child. Communicating with an autistic child has very few “one size fits all” solutions and, in many cases, it will take a lot of trial and error and patience in order to find successful strategies for communicating. However, the trials and patience that go into finding a way to communicate will only make a communication breakthrough more rewarding.

                  Are you looking for the most up-to-date news and professional guidance for you and your child on the subject of autism?

                  Autism Parenting Magazine gives your family access to:

                  • Expert advice from our team of respected professionals.
                  • Solutions for dealing with sensory issues.
                  • Advice for handling transitions.
                  • Therapies to help develop your child’s potential.
                  • The latest news and research that can help your family.
                  • Real life stories from parents of children on the spectrum as well as from adults with autism to inspire and bring hope.
                  Sleep is a major issue for many adults and children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent studies suggest that up to 80% of young people with ASD also have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep at night. The incidence rate of sleep problems and disorders is also high among adults with ASD, particularly those who are classified as ‘low-functioning’. Lack of sleep can exacerbate some of the behavioral characteristics of ASD, such as hyperactivity, aggression, and lack of concentration. As a result, people with ASD who have a hard time sleeping may struggle at work or in their classroom.

Latin/Spanish Organizations

                National Latina/o Psychological Association,
                Asociación Nacional de Psicología Latina
                Julian Samora
                Research Institute
                Spanish American Civic Association:
                Provides social services to Lancaster County Pennsylvania’s Spanish-speaking
                community including a radio station.
                545 Pershing Avenue,
                Lancaster, PA  17602
                Fraternidad de Grupos
                de Autoayuda y Ayuda Mutua (the Self-Help
                and Mutual Aid Group Fraternity), founded in 2004, offers
                resources and help to anyone
                anywhere wishing to start a Spanish language self-help
                group. Also has useful information
                for those seeking a group in Mexico, for Mexican groups seeking
                research assistance, professionals or students helping
                with self-help group development or research, and all who
                wish further information on the subject of self-help
                The National Boricua Latino Health Organization
                (NBLHO) is a Latino student group representing health
                professions students from the northeast region of the
                United States. Its mission is to recruit Latinos into
                higher education, educate the public and one another
                about Latino health issues, advocate for increased Latino
                representation in health related areas, and promote awareness
                about social, political and economic issues as they relate
                to Latino health. It also serves to create a support
                network for Latino students.
                Nos satisface informar que la psicóloga Maria Costanza Del Portillo de Colombia ha sido seleccionada como la ganadora de la beca para participar en el programa de magíster en Psicología, mención Comunitaria de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Chile. Esto ha sido un esfuerzo de colaboración entre el Programa y la SIP para ofrecer a miembros de la Sociedad una oportunidad para participar. La SIP agradece a Germán Rozas, Director del Programa, su disponibilidad para ofrecer esta oportunidad a una de nuestros miembros.

Hispanic & Latino Scholarships

              • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
              • Ginger And Fred Deines Mexico Scholarship Award
                Can be used at an institution in Mexico or the US. Must attend
                a four year institution. Must intend to pursue career in logistics,
                civil engineering, transportation. Must have finished at least
                one year of undergraduate studies. 7031 Manchester StreetNew
                Orleans, LA70126
              • Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation Graduate
                And Undergraduate Student Leadership Award Scholarship
                In most cases applicants need a bachelorís degree in a math
                or science based major to be eligible. Applicants do not have
                to be of Hispanic descent. Must be enrolled in an accredited
                university or college . Limited to US Citizens. 323-262-0997
              • Hispanic Scholarships
              • Hispanic Scholarships
              • Hispanic Association Of Colleges And Universities
              • Hispanic College Fund, Inc.
                Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to
                Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount
                varies. Over 140 awards granted.
              • Hispanic Scholarship Fund / Club Musica Latino Scholarships
                Applicants must be of Hispanic background, Club Musica Latino members,
                and entering freshmen or sophomores at a four-year college 877-473-4636
              • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the National Society of Hispanic
                These organizations have partnered to provide scholarships to outstanding
                Latino students pursuing graduate degrees in management or business
              • The Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Conference
                Students must be majoring in math, computer science, material science, or
              • Justicia En Diversidad Scholarship Fund
                Must be of Latino heritage, from a US high school and have a 2.5 GPA. 617-445-4452
              • Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Inc.
                Latino Scholarship Award Latina pursuing her education at an
                accredited college university.
              • Latin American Professional Womenís Foundation
                For Latinas pursuing her education at an accredited college or
              • Latino Initiatives For The Next Century
                For first generation Latino college students with an opportunity
                to obtain a degree in higher education. 773-762-8970
              • La Unidad Latino Foundation, Inc.
                Scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students who have completed at least
                one semester of higher education. Applicants must have a 2.7 GPA.
              • Maldef-Ellen And Federico Jimenez Scholarship
                College or state university undocumented students only. UT students DO NOT
              • Maldef Law School Scholarship Program
                Candidates must have outstanding academic records, including participation
                and leadership in extracurricular activities. Must be enrolled full time
                to qualify. Latino background. Academic achievement indicating the potential
                for a successful completion of a law degree. 213-629-2512
              • Mexican Tuition Waivers
                The State of Texas permits public universities to allow a limited
                number of financially-needy citizens of Mexico to pay the lower
                in-state tuition rate rather than the higher out-of-state tuition
                rate. Eligibility is based on financial need. Students must be
                in Texas on a valid student visa and be willing to return to
                Mexico after graduation. Undocumented Mexicans or long-term Mexican-American
                residents of Texas are NOT eligible for this program. Contact
                the Financial Aid office of any public university in Texas for
                further information.
              • Mexican American Legal Defense And Educational Fund
                Scholarships for all students regardless of residency status.
              • Microsoft Scholarship Program
              • Migrant Farmworker Scholarships
                Recent history of movement for agricultural employment . Scholastic achievement
                and financial need. 800-245-5681
              • Monsanto Hispanic Network Scholarship Award
                $1500, Criteria: Must
                be of Hispanic descent, U. S. residents, must attend a university
                or college. Contact: Juan A. Atkins, Monsanto Hispanic Network,
                800 N. Lindbergh C2NC, St. Louis, MO63167
              • National Association Of Hispanic Journalists-Ruben Salazar Scholarship
                Applicants must be high school seniors, college undergraduates,
                or first-year graduate students who are pursuing careers in English
                or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast, or online media.
              • National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
              • Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Award
                Awards are given to Latino first or second year students in a J.D. program
                at an American Bar Association approved school. PRBA selects recipients
                based on financial need and academic promise. 212-739-7517
              • Salvadoran-American Leadership And Educational Fund: Salef Education
                For Excellence
                Must be of Central American and other Latino background. Must demonstrate
                financial need. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must have a history of community
                involvement and be willing to give back by becoming a mentor to a high school
                student. Must be accepted to a four-year university (for undergrad or graduate
                students) 214-480-1052 or
              • Scholarships For Latinos
                The Ellen & Federico Jimenez Scholarship Program will award
                twenty-five $2,000 scholarships to deserving Latino college students
                who are INELIGIBLE to receive federal and/or state financial aid;
                who have demonstrated commitment to serving the Latino community
                in the United States; and who have been accepted to a Community
                College or State University in CALIFORNIA or TEXAS. A social security
                number is NOT required to apply. See , mail or
                call 213-629-2512
              • Scholarships For Hispanic Students
                The HOGAR de Dallas scholarship is offered to a Dallas ISD senior
                with a Hispanic surname and/or families who will attend a higher
                education institution during the fall of 2004. The scholarship
                is based on submission of a family tree of the student’s family/ancestors,
                along with an essay. Contact Art Garza at for
                further information.

Research Grants

              • The Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program (YSP)
                This program makes grants to individuals to support research on the development of
                young children living in immigrant families. FCD is particularly
                interested in research that informs policies regarding the health and
                education of young newcomer children. To qualify for a grant under the
                Young Scholars Program, applicants must have earned their doctoral
                degree within the last 15 years and be full-time, faculty members of a
                college or university in the United States. Three to four fellowships of
                up to $150,000 will be awarded competitively.

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The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services:

New York City Westchester County
311 914-813-5094

Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, county staff, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family.

Early intervention services in your plan and authorized by the county are provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State.

Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.

Los Niños Services is approved by New York State and has contracts with New York City and Westchester County to provide early intervention services.