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

Autism, ADHD and Sleep
www.bestmattressreviews.com

Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child Can Thrive
www.homecity.com/

Helpful Resources for Parents of Children With Special Needs
wondermoms.org/

National Center for Learning Disabilities
ncld.org

Sesame Street and Autism
autism.sesamestreet.org

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

 

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