North Andover public Schools: Resource List for Families
North Andover Parent Advisory Council
We have a lot of cross-over between our group and NAPAC. Delving into their site will be very helpful in your search for resources.
Child Mind Institute
A non-profit resource for overall mental health and learning disorders. This is a good place to start for information and guidance on various topics. Articles from this resource will be placed in their specific areas below.
Fifth grade teacher, Kelly Roache, is also a mindfulness instructor and graciously shares with us her monthly Mindful Minutes. Click above to read the most recent.
ADDitude Website and Magazine
This is an amazing resource for those with ADHD and other learning disabilities. It also discusses the cross-overs with anxiety, executive function and other mental health pieces.
A non-profit that offers help and guidance for parents/caregivers, schools and ADHDers themselves. Scroll down on the home page to fill out a mad-libs type sentence that will help you easily find resources.
Cindy Goldrich, Ed. M., ADHD-CCSP of PTS Coaching is an experienced speaker, ADHD coach and recognized expert on ADHD, Executive Function, and parenting. She presented her "Top Ten Strategies for Parenting
Children & Teens with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges" to us in 2022.
Click here to view her slides.
Click here to watch a similar presentation done by Cindy. Her piece starts at the 4:48 minute mark.
Resources from Indie Flix, the makers of Angst
A local expert and national speaker on Anxiety. Check out her podcast FlusterClux!
Be Well With SEL
A local therapist that offers whole class and small group lessons, including anxiety, mindfulness, self esteem, anger management, self-regulation/behavioral control, friendship skills, school readiness and more.
Child Mind Institute
A non-profit resource for overall mental health and learning disorders. Articles to common questions we've fielded are linked below:
"When Kids Refuse to Go to School." School refusal and how to get kids back in class."Should Kids Take Mental Health Days?" When taking a break is helpful, and when it's not."When to Push your Children." And when to know when you're pushing too hard."How to Help Kids that are Too Hard on Themselves." "Supporting the Emotional Needs of Kids with Learning Disabilities.""Does your Child Lack Motivation?" What this could mean.
Mental Health in Athletes with Boston Children's Hospital
This 60-minute video discusses the mental health of athletes (youth to college and beyond). While athletics has tended to have a positive effect, experts are now seeing an increase in depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
Eating Disorders: The Silent Epidemic
Click here to watch a 48-minute presentation by Dr. Michael Chiumiento, a leading expert in Eating Disorders. Hosted by NAPRN, Dr. Chiumiento discusses the different types of eating disorders, the warning signs, and how you can help those you think might be struggling with one.
Additude Magazine and it's website isn't just for ADHD, but also for some other disorders. You can find a lot of resources for Eating Disorders on this website as there's a strong dotted-line between the two. In fact, click here to watch and excellent video that explaining its relationship, and offers tips on how to help your son or daughter.
The Multi-service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) is a non-profit based in New England that provides education and support for eating disorders and their underlying causes.
The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. They offer a hotline for information, and a crisis text line 24/7 for immediate support.
Walden Behavioral Care
A facility that offers multilevel treatment for eating disorders for all ages and genders.
ANAD Peer Support Group
This entire site, run by the Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders organization is an excellent resource. This specific link above brings you to their peer Support Group, which is very helpful as therapists are hard to find at the moment.
"Addressing Eating Disorders in Middle School and High School"
This is an easy to follow article that gives an excellent overview of what an eating disorder is.
This is a volunteer organization of parents who have helped their children recover from anorexia and bulimia through the use of Family-Based Treatment, also known as the Maudsley approach, an evidence-based therapy for eating disorders.
School Anxiety and Refusal
Click here to watch a video by Nikki Murphy, Director of SEL for NAPS, as she addresses school anxiety and refusal, and offers parents and care givers advise on how to help. Additional resources can be found on the school website under School Refusal. Click here to be taken there.
YWCA Teen and Tween Dating Presentation
Click above to access the PowerPoint presentation given by Arelis Huertas, Director of Community Based Domestic and Sexual Violence Services at the YWCA in Northeastern Massachusetts in April of 2022. Presentation contains valuable information, including advise on how to speak with your child about dating (best to do even before they start dating), warning signs that your child is in an unhealthy relationship, how to help, and many helpful links for more information.
Below are a series of short videos that show how relationships can become unhealthy and how to spot them. Did you know that 57% of teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, strangled or physically hurt by their partner. Beyond this, abuse doesn't have to be physical, and this number is much higher.
Behind the Post | Belittling
#ThatsNotLove campaign | Because I Love You - Delete | One Love Foundation
Speak Up! - Teen Dating Violence - Verizon HopeLine
"The Signs" Teen Dating Violence PSA
Short Film ‘Sunshine’ Raises Awareness Of Teen Dating Abuse
Teen Dating Violence PSA
Child Mind Institute: Trauma and Grief
The Child Mind Institute is a great starting point for trauma and grief for all ages.
The link below discusses a specific method called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as it relates to trauma. It's a good overall view of how to help:
Trauma Focused CBT through Child Mind Institute
(Confused by CBT? Click here for a detailed explanation of it.)
Read this easy to follow article outlining the steps to take if your child has experienced a traumatic event:
Helping Child Cope After a Traumatic Event
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This is an easy to follow fact sheet on childhood traumatic grief. Click here to visit their webpage with even more information.
Please note: The North Andover Parent Resource Network (NAPRN) does not endorse any of the resources or providers listed on the website. This website is for information and education purposes only, and should not be misconstrued as official medical or legal advice. Please consult with appropriate professionals as needed.