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Recommended  Reading

For Teens:

  • Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens, by Earl Hipp 

  • Too Stressed to Think?, by A. Fox and R. Kirschner


For Parents: 

  • When Your Child has a Disability - The Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care, edited by Mark L. Batshaw, M.D.

  • Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life, by David Perlmutter, M.D., and Kristin Loberg

  • The Science of Parenting, by M. Sunderland 

  • Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help you Raise Children Who Thrive, by Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell

  • Getting to CALM, Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teensby L. Kastner and J. Wyatt

  • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parentingby Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationshipsby Ken Blanchard 

  • How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

  • A Consumer’s Guide to understanding QEEG Brain mapping and NFB training by Robert Longo

  • The Automatic Self by Richard G. Soutar PhD

Recommended Websites  

Amen Clinics

  • Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling over 120,000 scans on patients from 111 countries. Improving the health of your brain and your quality of life is their primary goal, and it all starts with learning how your brain functions. Why? Your brain controls everything you do—from decision making and motivation to healthy relationships and stress resilience.


Dr. Caroline Leaf 

  • Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection.  During her years in clinical practice as a Communication Pathologist she developed tools and processes that help people develop and change their thinking and subsequent behavior. Her scientific Science of Thought techniques  have transformed the lives of patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), learning disabilities, emotional traumas and released the potential of thousands of young students and adults. 


Illinois Department of Professional Regulation 

  • The Division of Professional Regulation licenses and regulates over 1 million professionals and firms in Illinois including a variety of healthcare related professions such as doctors, nurses, and veterinarian, as well as a variety of occupational professions such as CPAs, barbers, engineers, and detectives.


American Counseling Association

  • The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.


Illinois Counseling Association 

  • The mission of the Illinois Counseling Association is to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)

  • The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a membership organization of mental health professionals dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and integrity in EMDR therapy.

Illinois Mental Health Counselors 

  • IMHCA functions to represent ALL Illinois counselors. We provide advocacy in Illinois with IDFPR (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

  • Your gateway to responsible information about the brain.

Brain Injury Association of Illinois

  • The Brain Injury Association of Illinois (BIA of IL) is a not-for-profit, statewide membership organization comprised of people with brain injuries, family members, friends and professionals. We work to assist in developing communication channels between families and professionals in a way that improves relationships and cooperation, enhances teamwork and helps decrease potential issues that might arise .

Brain Injury Association of America 

  • Our mission is to advance awareness, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. Through advocacy, we bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them. 

International Brain Injury Association

  • The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injury. 

Heads Up 

  • Keeping children and teens healthy and safe is always a top priority. Whether you are a parent, youth sports coach, school coach, school professional, or health care provider, this site will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

  • The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), The National Resource for ADHD

  • CHADD has three current priority objectives: (1) to serve as a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, (2) to serve as a local face-to-face family support group for families and individuals affected by ADHD, and (3) to serve as an advocate for appropriate public policies and public recognition in response to needs faced by families and individuals with ADHD. - See more at:

Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois (LDA) 

  • The LDA provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of  resources. These services make the LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.

ADDitude: Strategies and Support for ADHD and LD ​

  • An online magazine about attention disorders 

Mental Heath America 

  • Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

Everyone Reading Illinois Success for All 

  • ERI is one of Illinois’ leading organizations in dyslexia awareness and education.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1978, we serve the entire state of Illinois and work to improve the lives of individuals with dyslexia, from childhood through adulthood.

Healthy Living: American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) many programs and activities, our policies and guidelines, our publications and other child health resources, as well as much, much more. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes from the nation's leading child health experts and that we have scientific research supporting our recommendations.​​​

National Sleep Foundation 

  • The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy.

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