About this page ...

We provide these links only as a place to start researching a topic. If you're interested in any of those listed here we encourage you to do further research using an internet search engine, or check for books in our online catalog, which contains both hard copy books and ebooks you can read online. If you'd like assistance finding more information on a topic please ask at any of our branch libraries.

Going to the Library

Prepare your child for a visit to the library by reading them a story with pictures about what they can expect when they get to the library. "Social stories" like this one are especially useful for children with an autism spectrum disorder, but can be used by any parent or caregiver who is bringing a shy or anxious child to a new place for the first time.
Download "Going to the Lewis Library" in PDF format

Local Resources

Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County
https://www.elcslc.org/

Free In-Home Parenting Support
www.castletc.org/safe-families

Free Strengthening Families Program
www.castletc.org/strengthening-families

 

General Parenting

Parenting Magazine
www.parenting.com

 

Health

Child Nutrition
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childnutrition.html

Children’s Health (WebMD)
children.webmd.com

Children’s Sleep Guides
mattresshelp.org/children-sleep/ and www.sleephelp.org/childrens-sleep-guide/

Daily Tips to Help Your Family Eat Better
www.heart.org/

EatingWell Healthy Recipes
eatingwell.com/recipes/collections/healthy_eating_kids.html

Health Resource Guide from the University of Southern California
mphdegree.usc.edu/health-resource-guide/

HealthyChildren.org
www.healthychildren.org/

Healthy Eating
www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Kids.aspx

Keeping Kids Healthy and Fit (PBS)
www.pbs.org/parents/special/article-healthysnacks.html

KidsHealth
kidshealth.org/parent

Teeth Brushing Songs for Kids
www.pbs.org/parents/special/article-healthysnacks.html

 

Alphabet Knowledge

Alphabet Knowledge and Young Children
readyforlearning.net/alphabet-knowledge

 

Brain Development

Understanding Brain Development in Children
npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91919442

Zero to Three
www.zerotothree.org/child-development/brain-development/

 

Phonological Awareness

Why it's important, at Reading Rockets
www.readingrockets.org/article/why-phonological-awareness-important-reading-and-spelling

Songs for Teaching
www.songsforteaching.com/phonemicawareness.htm

Prekindergarten Activities from the Florida Center for Reading Research
www.fcrr.org/resources/resources_vpk.html

 

Print Awareness

Reading Rockets Print Awareness
readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101/printawareness

 

Reading and Language

Dyslexia resources
math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org/dylexia_websites.html

The 10 Best ESL Websites for Kids to Learn English
www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-websites-for-kids/

Reading Tips for Parents
www.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/readingtips/readingtips.pdf

Reading Rockets
www.readingrockets.org/teaching

 

Special Needs Information

A great place to start is the "Helpful Resources for Parents of Children With Special Needs" page from Wondermoms.org, which contains multiple lists of well-chosen resources organized by type of special need. Below are a few additional links that might be useful, but lots of information can be found on the internet with a search engine. To find books in our online catalog related to special needs children click here. To see a search for books about autism click here.

Autism Resource Center

Helping Children With Autism Sleep Soundly at Night

Moving with an autistic child

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Sensory-Friendly Home Modifications for Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Sesame Street and Autism

Toilet Training Children with Special Needs
at www.healthychildren.org

Traveling with autism

 

Toilet Training

Potty Training: How to Get the Job Done (Mayo Clinic)
mayoclinic.com/health/potty-training/CC00060

Toilet Training (Medline Plus)
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/toilettraining.html

 

Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Flash Player Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer