Accessing Resources

If you have a concern about your child, or if your child’s teacher/caregiver has expressed some, it can seem overwhelming to digest and move forward with such insight.  However, what you may not realize is, there is a plethora of information available to parents, teachers, and caregivers of all ages to help support you through whatever struggles you and your child may face. Miss Heather discussed this topic on The Rhode Show. Watch it here!

If you’re wondering where to seek support, you might want to first start locally.  Here are some tips to help you navigate what may be available to you:

  • Contact your child’s pediatrician – although his/her area of expertise may not be exactly what you’re looking for, Pediatricians are a great first stop – they can help point you in the right direction.
  • Contact your child’s school social worker – Social workers in schools are often part time employees who are difficult to track down.  However, be persistent!  An email to the school social worker is probably your best bet!  They usually have knowledge and contacts within the community that may be able to help assist you and your child.
  • Talk with a friend – Sometimes, we need to “talk it out” with those that we are closest to in order to feel better and move forward with our struggles.  Your close friends and family may have a different point of view or perspective that can help you navigate what you’re dealing with.

If you think you’d like to do some research yourself to gain insight and background information, here are some additional tips:

  • Be sure that whatever resources you access, you are looking at research-based, high quality, relevant resources. 
  • Turn to websites of local, reputable organizations like The Children’s Workshop’s website!  Just click on our tab “for parents!” 
  • Other sites with Parent Resources:
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children
    • Childcare Aware
    • BrightStars
    • Rhode Island Parent Information Network
    • Early Intervention
    • Child Outreach