Links & Resources
Table of Contents
The Links & Resources on this page have been divided into the following categories. Click on a link to jump to that category.
Screening Tool Comparisons and Information
Dbpeds.org (AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics) - Screening and Assessment
Links to articles about screening and information about screening tools.
Developmental Screening for Primary Care Providers - Compare Screening Tools - Validity Properties Chart
A chart comparing commonly used tools, including prices and ordering information.
Minnesota Dept. of Health - Developmental Screening Instruments at a Glance
A checklist comparison chart of commonly used tools.
Table of Selected ASD Screening Measures (AAP)
Brief descriptions of commonly used autism spectrum disorder screening tools.
Screening Tool Web Sites: Developmental and Social/Emotional
Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3)
Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ: SE)
Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
Screening Tool Web Sites: Perinatal Maternal Depression
Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
Please note the actual questionnaire is not available as the recent version is copyrighted.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale(see page 6 of this document)
Perinatal Psychiatry - Use and Misuse of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale by John Cox and Jeni Holden, 1996 American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders Patient Health Questionnaire (PRIME-MD/PHQ)
National Resources: Developmental and Social/Emotional
American Academy of Pediatrics
Go to parenting corner for helpful resources and information to share with parents. In addition, you can review current policies on early childhood development issues.
The Growth and Development Newsletter is a helpful resource for development that is available in both English and Spanish.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention - Learn the Signs. Act Early Campaign
Designed to help parents recognize how young children should develop and the early warning signs of developmental disorders. Tool kits (available in English and Spanish) which include fact sheets on developmental milestones, screening, developmental disorders, and resources and informational cards with milestones by age and a series of questions for the child’s key health care professional are available through the Web site.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
National center focused on strengthening the capacity of child care and Head Start programs to improve social and emotional outcomes of young children. Provides practical strategies, “What Works” briefs, and complete training modules.
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Online
This site, sponsored by the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SODBP), is aimed at professionals interested in child development and behavior, especially in the clinical setting. Provides links to other organizations, materials and information for physicians, fellows, resident physicians and students.
The Commonwealth Fund
Includes a child health and development section with reports from national projects to address child development, publications about child development, a provider's guide to selecting screening tools, and more.
The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
National family-run organization dedicated exclusively to helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better quality of life.
First Signs aims to educate parents, healthcare providers, early childhood educators, and other professionals in order to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child. Their goals are to improve screening and referral practices and to lower the age at which young children are identified with autism and other developmental disorders.
The Fussy Baby Network
Launched in March 2003, Erikson Institute’s Fussy Baby Network is Chicago's first initiative for fussy babies. The network includes a clinic, home visit program, telephone support line and support groups for parents who have concerns about their infant’s inconsolable crying.
Has a great deal of information and articles regarding developmental, physical and behavioral health of child.
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Information on a variety of child development topics. Includes information on early childhood mental health, social-emotional development, and challenging behaviors.
National Mental Health Association
Many mental health resources including fact sheets on children’s mental health topics including depression, autism, and medications used to treat mental disorders.
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Based at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, the center assists states to build systems of care for children who have or are at risk for mental health problems.
The Whole Child
Sponsored by PBS, the web site has information for providers and parents on a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns. Site is written in both English and Spanish.
Zero To Three
ZERO TO THREE is a national non-profit organization that is devoted to the promotion of the healthy development of infants and toddlers. This site also includes free reproducible materials (“Healthy Minds”), both in English and Spanish.
Illinois Resources: Developmental and Social/Emotional
ASD Links and Resources (ICAAP)
A list of national, state, and local resources, online trainings, research opportunities, and fact sheets related to Autism Spectrum Disorders compiled by the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Autism Program
The Autism Program of Illinois offers a network of resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the State of Illinois. The Autism Program of Illinois provides the strategy and framework for the State of Illinois to address the complex issues involved in diagnosis, treatment and research for the thousands of children in Illinois with ASDs.
Child Family Connections
Child and Family Connections is part of a statewide system responsible for ensuring that all referrals of children under the age of three to the Early Intervention Services System receive a timely response. The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has links to a listing of CFC locations and services, the CFC procedure manual, and other Illinois EI resources.
Early Intervention (Department of Healthcare and Family Services)
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families. Their mission is to serve the 20,000 families in Illinois who have infants and toddlers enrolled in early intervention (EI) services.
Illinois Early Learning Project
Information on a wide variety of early childhood topics including social and emotional development. Includes tip sheets on social/emotional development from ages birth to five.
Illinois Health Connect
Illinois Health Connect is a new health care program of HFS (Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services). Illinois Health Connect helps you and your family to get health care and stay healthy by providing a medical home.
JPA - Juvenile Protective Association
1707 N. Halsted, Chicago
Provides counseling services designed to address or ameliorate the underlying causes of child abuse and neglect, including mental illness, maternal depression, parental history of abuse, and domestic violence. Serving the Chicago area. Sliding fee scale available.
Metropolitan Family Services
Provides counseling, child welfare, and mental health services. Communities served included Calumet, DuPage/Wheaton, Southwest/Palos Hills, South Chicago, Midway area, North Chicago, and Evanston. See web site for specific contact information for each area.
Provides mental health services, social services, crisis hotlines, and education to individuals and families in the near western and southwestern suburbs on a sliding scale.
TriCity Family Services
A family service organization in operation for over 40 years serving children, adolescents, and adult clients in the Mid-Fox River Valley. Has an ADHD track and also specializes in serving younger children with attachment problems.
National and Illinois Resources: Perinatal Maternal Depression
The Center for Postpartum Health
The Center for Postpartum Health addresses the physical, mental, and emotional needs of pregnant and postpartum women and their families, facilitating the transition from pregnancy to parenthood.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses.
The Office on Women's Health
The Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was established in 1991 to improve the health of American women by advancing and coordinating a comprehensive women's health agenda throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address health care prevention and service delivery, research, public and health care professional education, and career advancement for women in the health professions and in scientific careers. The Office also works with numerous government agencies, non-profit organizations, consumer groups, and associations of health care professionals. During the early part of this decade, the OWH focused on developing women's health as a specialized issue for government action and attention. With women's health now firmly rooted in the national health landscape, the OWH is focusing on women's health priorities to meet the sweeping demographic trends of the next century and to focus on the millions of underserved women in America.
Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois
The Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance’s ( PPD IL) mission is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health issues throughout the state of Illinois. Includes information about local resources, individual treatment options, and support groups.
Postpartum Stress Center
The Postpartum Stress Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders.
Postpartum Support International
Offers support and resources for mothers suffering from depression, as well as for their partners.
Web site sponsored by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Features printer-friendly information on PPD including overviews, diagnosis/symptoms, and treatment.
NorthShore University HealthSystem Postpartum Depression Hotline
866.364.6667 (staffed 24 hrs/day)
Office of Women's Health (IDPH)
Bright Futures Resources
National AAP Bright Futures Site
Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative developed by the Health Resources and Service Administration with the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP’s national Bright Futures Web site has materials and resources for providers and families, including the 3rd Edition of the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, and the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit.
The periodicity schedule shows the Bright Futures and AAP recommendations for screenings, risk assessments, and other services that should be performed at each well-child visit from the prenatal stage through age 21.
Healthcare.gov Recommended Preventive Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official health reform site details covered preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, including Bright Futures recommendations.
Handbook for Providers of Healthy Kids Services (Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services)
This Handbook is intended as guidance for Illinois providers who participate in health care programs funded or administered by HFS, such as All Kids. The Handbook is currently being revised to better incorporate anticipatory guidance and recommendations from Bright Futures.
Trauma, Abuse, and Neglect Resources
The AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN)
The AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) is dedicated to improve the care of infants, children, and adolescents who are abused and neglected. There are resources for providers, policies and publications, and training opportunities.
Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science Into Lifelong Health
This policy statement released by the AAP in 2012 outlines the long-term effects of adversity and toxic stress in early childhood and the role of the pediatrician in mitigating these effects.
Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress
This supporting technical report accompanies the policy report released by the AAP in 2012. It outlines the long-term effects of adversity and toxic stress in early childhood.
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 1996 outlines the laws surrounding child abuse, prevention strategies and treatment obligations.
Developing a Trauma-Informed Approach to Support Children and Their Families Training
The National Center on Family Homelessness training entitled “Developing a Trauma-Informed Approach to Support Children and Their Families,” presented by Kathleen Guarino, discusses the long-term consequences that childhood trauma can have on the physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and relational well-being of a child.
Medical Home for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Violence
This website provides pediatricians and all medical home teams with the resources they need to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence. Educational opportunities, including live and archived Webinars, are available for medical home teams to access to increase their knowledge related to exposure to violence and its potentially lifelong impact on children and youth.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego. The ACE Study findings suggest that certain adverse experiences in childhood are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States.