Resources

Our goal for this Resource Guide is to be a useful tool for children, adolescents, families, providers, and community partners to best serve the mental health care needs of youth and families. Please note, these resources are not intended to replace treatment or patient care with a clinician in any way, but rather provide additional information, guidance, and tools to support children and families.

Below you will find resources on a variety of topics for children, adolescents, and families. If you and your family need information about a topic not listed below, please feel free to ask your clinician for more information or check out one of these resources:


ADHD:

Anxiety:

Autism:

Bipolar Disorder:

Bullying:

Compassion:

Conduct Disorder:

COVID-19:

DBT – Adolescents:

Death and Grieving:

Depression:

Development and Learning:

Disaster and Trauma:

Divorce:

Eating Disorders:

Empathy:

Forgiveness:

Gratitude:

Homeless:

LGBTQ:

Military Families:

Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga:

OCD:

Oppositional Defiant Disorder:

Parenting (General):

Sleep:

Substance Use:

Suicide Prevention:

Trauma:

Youth:

Parents:

Everyone:

Stop, Breathe & Think

  • With a free kids version, this app provides guided meditation and mindfulness. It provides an option to check in with your emotions and pick exercises based on how you feel.

Healthy Minds

  • Free app designed by UW Center for Healthy Minds. Translating pioneering neuroscience into tools for everyday life using mindfulness practices and podcast style lessons.

Technology Resources for Mental Health

Insight Timer

  • Free guided meditation app with a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices targeting stress, anxiety, insomnia, etc

Sanvello

  • With free options available, this app is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a clinically-validated evidence-based mobile application for anxiety, stress and depression.

Apps for ADD and ADHD:

  • Task Timer
  • iRewardChart
  • Bento
  • Evernote
  • MindNote

For Youth:

  • The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World by Julia V. Taylor PhD, Foreward by Melissa Atkins Wardy
  • Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Speaking Up and Being Who You Are (The Instant Help Solutions Series) by Emily Roberts MA LPC, Jennifer L Hartstein PsyD
  • The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Sixth Addition by Edmund Bourne, PhD
  • Why Do You Do That?: A Book about Tourette Syndrome for Children and Youth by Uttom Chowdhury and Mary Robertson
  • Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser (for ages 12+ about OCD)
  • The Good-Bye Book by Judith Viorst (ages 3-8)
  • Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
  • I Don’t Want to Go to School: Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety by Nancy Pando (ages 4-8)
  • A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book by Lori Lite (ages 3-10)
  • When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz (ages 5-9)
  • All Dogs Have ADHD by Kathy Hoopmann
  • Sparky’s Excellent Misadventures: My A.D.D. Journal by Phyllis Carpenter and Marti Ford (ages 5-11)
  • Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle by Deborah Moss (ages 4-8)
  • Help Is On the Way, A Child’s Book About ADD by Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata (ages 5-9)
  • Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD by Kathleen Nadeau and Ellen Dixon (ages 6-10)
  • Annie’s Plan, Taking Charge of Schoolwork and Homework by Jeanne Kraus (ages 6-11)
  • Putting on the Brakes: Understanding & Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern (ages 8-13)
  • The “Putting on the Brakes” Activity Book for Young People with ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern (ages 8-13)
  • 50 Activities and Games for Kids with ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern (ages 8-13)
  • Indigo Dreams: Relaxation and Stress Management Bedtime Stories for Children, Improve Sleep, Manage Stress, and Anxiety (Audio CD)

Parenting – General Topics:

  • Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional and Behavioral Challenges by Pat Harvey, Britt H. Rathbone
  • 1-2-3 Magic: 3 Step Discipline for Calm, Effective and Happy Parenting by Thomas Phelan
  • Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
  • The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Dr. Ross Greene
  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by Dr. John Gottman
  • The Whole Brain Child by Drs. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • No Drama Discipline by Drs. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • Parenting From the Inside Out by Drs. Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child by Dr. Alan Kadzin
  • Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber and Mazlish
  • Everyday Blessings, An Inner Guide to Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Anxiety (General):

  • Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents by Ronald Rapee
  • Help for Worried Kids: How Your Child Can Conquer Anxiety and Fear by Cynthia Last
  • Freeing Your Child From Anxiety by Tamar Chansky
  • Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child by Katharina Manassis

Autism:

  • Making Sense of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options by J. Coplan
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know by Rosenblatt & Carbone
  • Skillstreatming the Elementary School Child: Strategies and Perspectives for Teaching Prosocial Skills by E. McGinnis & A.P. Goldstein
  • Socially Curious and Curiously Social by M.G. Winner & P. Crooke
  • Lost at School by Ross Greene
  • Inclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism by Sheila Wagner
  • Creating a Win-Win I.E.P. for Students with Autism by Beth Fouse
  • Healthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide to Medical, Nutritional, and Behavioral Issues by Fred Volkmar & Lisa Wiesner
  • Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families by Sandra Harris
  • Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs by M. Durand

Depression:

  • Think Good – Feel Good by Paul Stallard
  • Feeling Good by David Burns

Eating Disoders:

  • Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder by Lock and Le Grange

Obsessions and Compulsions:

  • Talking Back to OCD: The Program that Helps Kids and Teens Say “No Way” – and Parents Say “Way to Go” by John March

Oppositional and Defiant Behavior:

  • The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child with No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills by Alan Kazdin

Separation Anxiety:

  • Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents by Andrew Eisen

Social Anxiety and Shyness:

  • Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook by Martin Antony and Richard Swinson

Tourette Syndrome and Tics:

  • Tics and Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals by Uttom Chowdhury
  • Coping with Tourette Syndrome: A Workbook for Kids with Tic Disorders by Sandra Buffolano

If you know of a resource that could be included on this page for children, adolescents, and families, please contact us

Suicide Prevention Helplines

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call: 1-800-273-8255
Text HOPELINE to 741-741

LGBTQ+ Lifeline (The Trevor Project)

Call: 1-866-488-7386
Text START to 678-678

Dane County Crisis Helpline

Call: 1-608-280-2600
Text HOPELINE to 741-741