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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.

Early Childhood Links

Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder Links

Latin/Spanish Organizations

Hispanic & Latino Scholarships

Research Grant

Education Resources

Public Policy

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Early Childhood Links

  • www.autismspeaks.org
    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)
  • www.autismoutreachsocal.com
    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.
  • www.BirthInjuryGuide.org
    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.
  • www.childwelfare.gov
    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.
  • www.childmind.org
    Childmind.org is a comprehensive destination for scientifically sound, parent-friendly information on child and adolescent mental health. On childmind.org 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.
  • www.cerebralpalsyguide.com
    Cerebral Palsy Guide provides parents with information on cerebral palsy causes, symptoms and the treatments that are available.
  • www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com
    Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a comprehensive informational website of cerebral palsy. From information on cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles, CerebralPalsyGuidance.com covers all aspects of cerebral palsy.
  • advocatesforchildren.org
    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.
  • www.sleeplady.com
    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.
  • www.earlychildhood.com
    The Professional Resource For Teachers And Parents
  • www.kidsource.com
    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.
  • www.eitrainingcenter.org
    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 personnel
  • www.dec-sped.org
    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.
  • www.zerotothree.org
    A nonmembership organization of those working on behalf of young children through social policy, research, and training.
  • www.naeyc.org
    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.
  • www.nyasp.org
    The New York State Association of School Psychologists representing the interests of this professional group.
  • www.srcd.org
    Society for Research in Child Development – multidisciplinary, not-for-profit professional association with an international membership of researchers, practitioners and human development professionals.
  • http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc
    Early Head Start National Resource Center
  • www.circleofinclusion.org
    Circle of Inclusion – for early childhood service providers and families of young children, birth to age 8.
  • http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/eip/index.htm
    New York State Early Intervention Program official website with state regulations, developmental checklist and other information.
  • 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.
  • http://www.nhsa.org/
    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.
  • http://www.cordbloodbanking.com
    Our team at www.cordbloodbanking.com 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 cordbloodguide.com.

Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder Links

    • www.playproject.org/
      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.
    • www.autism-society.org
      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.
    • www.autism-resources.com
      A site offering information and links regarding the developmental disabilities autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
    • www.autism.org
      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.
    • www.caring4ourkids.com
      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.
    • www.autism-pdd.net
      The purpose of this site is to guide you to the key issues associated with autism spectrum disorders.
    • www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/autism.cfm
      National Institutes of Mental Health publications and FAQs regarding autism.
    • www.feat.org
      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..
    • www.autism.net
      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.
    • www.autismuk.com
      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.
    • www.autism.about.com
      Links and resources regarding autism and pervasive developmental disorders.
    • www.patientcenters.com/autism/
      Patient-centered guides, books, and articles regarding autism.
    • www.autismchannel.net/
      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).
    • www.autcom.org
      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.
    • www.futurehorizons-autism.com
      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.”
    • www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/autism.html
      National Library of Medicine / Medline links regarding autism.
    • www.worldautism.org
      The World Autism Organisation (WAO), officially announced on November 21, 1998, in Luxembourg, has for the main goal to help to make better the quality of life of autistic people and that of their families throughout the world.
    • http://www.csus.edu/indiv/b/brocks/Workshops/NASP/Autism.pdf
      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
    • http://www.ddhealthinfo.org/pdf/ASDGuidelines1.pdf
      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 healthcare 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.
    • www.wiseoldsayings.com/communicating-with-an-autistic-child-a-parents-guide.phpCommunicating 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.
    • www.autismparentingmagazine.com
      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.
    • https://www.tuck.com/autism-spectrum-disorder-and-sleep/
      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.
    • https://www.reviews.com/home/security-systems/home-safety-children-autism/  At home strategies for creating a safe household for children with autism

Latin/Spanish Organizations

      • http://www.jsri.msu.edu/
        Julian Samora Research Institute
      • www.sacapa.org
        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
      • http://www.sipsych.org/
        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
        http://www.chci.org/chciyouth/index.html
      • 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 a career in logistics, civil engineering, transportation. Must have finished at least one year of undergraduate studies. 7031 Manchester Street, New Orleans, LA 70126
      • Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation Graduate And Undergraduate Student Leadership Award Scholarship
        In most cases, applicants need a bachelor’s 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
        http://www.hispanicscholarships.com
      • Hispanic Scholarships
        http://www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org/
      • Hispanic Association Of Colleges And Universities
        http://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarship_Resource_List_EN.asp?SnID=997760320
      • 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. http://hispanicfund.org/
      • 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 www.hsf.net
      • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs
        These organizations have partnered to provide scholarships to outstanding Latino students pursuing graduate degrees in management or business www.nshmba.org
      • The Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Conference
        Students must be majoring in math, computer science, material science, or engineering. www.henaac.org
      • Justicia En Diversidad Scholarship Fund
        Must be of Latino heritage, from a US high school and have a 2.5 GPA. 617-445-4452 alianza@law.harvard.edu www.law.harvard.edu/studorgs/alianza
      • Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Inc.
        Latino Scholarship Award Latina pursuing her education at an accredited college university. community@lambdathetanu.org http://www.lambdathetanu.org
      • Latin American Professional Women’s Foundation
        For Latinas pursuing her education at an accredited college or university.
      • 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 www.linc-usa.org
      • 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. http://foundation.launidadlatina.org
      • Maldef-Ellen And Federico Jimenez Scholarship
        College or state university undocumented students only. UT students DO NOT qualify. www.maldef.org
      • 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 www.maldef.org
      • 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. 213-629-2512 www.maldef.org
      • Microsoft Scholarship Program
        http://www.microsoft.com/education/default.aspx
      • Migrant Farmworker Scholarships
        Recent history of movement for agricultural employment. Scholastic achievement and financial need. 800-245-5681 www.migrant.net
      • 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 Program
        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. 202-622-7145 nahj@nahj.org www.nahj.org
      • National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
        http://www.hsf.net/
      • 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 www.prldef.org
      • 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 info@salef.org or www.salef.org
      • 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 http://www.maldef.org/, mail undergradfund@maldef.org 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 AGarza0972@aol.com 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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    • http://www.malpracticecenter.com/
      Medical malpractice is professional negligence by a healthcare provider in which the treatment provided falls below the proper standard of practice in the healthcare community. In these cases, this neglect causes injury or death to the patient. Doctors are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer, and currently it is estimated that in the US alone over 200,000 people die each year from medical negligence. Our team believes that every individual who has experienced this neglect should have access to the best information and support available.
    • https://www.postpartumdepression.org/
      Encouraging women. Educating families. Learn the basics of Postpartum Depression (PPD).
    • https://www.goodcall.com/scholarships
      GoodCall integrates data and technology to make finding scholarships easier for students and their families. And, unlike other scholarship search sites, we’re totally free and open – no fee or account sign-up required. View thousands of scholarships, filter results by specific requirements, and even search by competition level and entry difficulty.