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Resources for Children and Families

General

BC Partners for Mental Health & Addictions Information
www.heretohelp.bc.ca
A great website with a wealth of self-help resources for a range of mental health concerns.

Child Mind Institute
https://childmind.org/
A great website with a wealth of resources for a range of mental health concerns and learning challenges in children and adolescents.

Kelty Mental Health
https://keltymentalhealth.ca/
Another great website with a wealth of resources for a range of mental health and substance use concerns in children and adolescents.

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
https://kidshelpphone.ca/
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. All services are confidential and kids or teens don’t even have to give their name if they don’t want to.

Anxiety

Anxiety Canada
https://www.anxietycanada.com/
The general Anxiety Canada website also includes lots of information, self-help resources, and videos including resources for children and families coping with anxiety: https://anxietycanada.com/articles/parent-child/
AnxietyCanada has also developed My Anxiety Plan (MAP), which includes a free self-management course based on CBT for caregivers wanting to support their children coping with anxiety: https://maps.anxietycanada.com/courses/child-map/

Coping Cat Parents
https://www.copingcatparents.com/
Based on the well-regarded, CBT-based, Coping Cat protocol, this online program for anxiety management has both caregiver and child (Camp Cope-A-Lot) components.

Mindshift CBT App
https://www.anxietycanada.com/MindShift-CBT
Mindshift CBT is an award winning app created by AnxietyCanada. It uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help children and teens learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of their anxiety.

International OCD Foundation
https://kids.iocdf.org/
This is a great website with lots of information and recommended resources for children and families coping with OCD.

Peace of Mind Foundation
https://peaceofmind.com/
https://www.ocdchallenge.com/
The Peace of Mind Foundation provides a range of useful information and resources for coping with OCD including OCD Challenge, a free online self-help website for individuals suffering from OCD.

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents - Ronald M. Rapee et al (2008).
This very helpful book includes an overview of common anxiety problems in children and helps kids and parents learn effective CBT skills to overcome fear, anxiety, and avoidance.

Talking Back to OCD - John S. March & Christin M. Benton (2007).
Parents and kids will benefit from the helpful skills in this book from one of the top experts in the field.

What To Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep -  Dawn Huebner (2008).

What To Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD  - Dawn Huebner (2007).

What To Do When You Worry Too Much.  A Kids’ Guide to Overcoming Anxiety - Dawn Huebner (2005).
Kids love this great series as it helps them learn effective skills to better manage these common problems.  It features a child-friendly picture book format that includes loads of creative and fun activities.

Dr. Kimberley Da Silva's Presentation on Anxiety in Children


Dr. Martin Davidson talks about back to school anxiety


Dr. Martin Davidson's Presentation on Children and Technology

 

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; ADD)

Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance
https://www.caddra.ca/
A website devoted to information and resources for individuals of any age who suffer from ADHD and their families.

Russell Barkley’s website
www.russellbarkley.org
Another website devoted to information and resources for ADHD across the lifespan from one of the top experts in the field.

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents (3rd edition). Barkley, R.A. (2013).  Guildford Press.

Learning Challenges/Disabilities/Disorders

Dr. Kimberley Da Silva talks about psychoeducational assessments


Learning Disabilities Society (formerly Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver)
http://ldsociety.ca/
A useful website providing information on learning difficulties and local resources.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD; PDD)

Autism Community Training (ACT)
https://www.actcommunity.ca/
A non-profit organization whose mandate is to provide excellent information and training relevant to support individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

Autism Speaks Canada
https://www.autismspeaks.ca/
A website devoted to information and resources (including tool kits, apps, and technology) for individuals of any age who are on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

Pacific Autism Family Network
https://pacificfamilyautism.com/
This organization provides a literal network of supports for individuals with ASD and their families in the province of BC.

Other Resources

Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior (2nd edition). Barkley, R.A. & Benton, C.M. (2013). 

At the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic, we recommend high quality resources for our clients and families that are based on the best, up-to-date, scientific research available.