Resources for Families


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PlaY Support

Special Playdate

Special Playdate is a service that connects parents with other parents looking for playdate opportunities for their children. It’s for children with or without special needs so anyone can join and start connecting. They offer in person services to support playdates in the NY area, and they are looking to expand that service to other areas.


Lekotek provides play based family time for families who have children with disabilities. Families can come in once a month and play together with the variety of games in the center. Lekotek provides Family Play Specialists to help support and assist families in learning to play together. There are groups all over the United States, in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.


This is a playdate app that connects local parents based on mutual friends, interests and children of similar age. 

Playdate Planet

Another helpful way to set up playdates for families. Just sign up and post a playdate!

Room to Play

This resource is especially for my Canadian friends in British Columbia. Room to play offers help reorganizing your home, school or office. The owners have over 30 years of experience in schools, organizing materials, toys and games. What a creative and useful service! Learn more at


Social Skills Groups

Alison Ratner Mayer, LICSW

Alison has been working with children and families in therapy in Georgia for years and recently moved to Massachusetts. She has a particular talent for working with children in groups. She is doing amazing work in Needham, helping kids connect and learn how to interact with one another. She offers lots of groups for children and young adults ages 4-22 and support for their siblings and families. She’s even started Music Therapy classes! If you’re in the Eastern Massachusetts area, check out her website, and contact her.


ONLINE Support


Turnaround Anxiety Program

This is a program designed to help children who are dealing with all sorts of anxiety. It's kid friendly and has resources not only for kids but support for parents too.

Positive Parenting Solutions

Misbehaviors Driving You Crazy From Parenting Expert Amy McCready A Step-By-Step Process That Really Works. Free Trial!

Give Fear the Boot! KIDS Online Anxiety Recovery Program

This program is designed for parents and kids

  • Over 20 videos, print-outs and audio files you can access immediately to get your kids on the path to being anxiety free!
  • In depth videos for parents to learn exactly what you need to do to help your kids feel better. 
  • Kids friendly videos featuring Lily Aman
  • Private Facebook group for support!

Watch free video 7 ways to help your kids with anxiety Free here


Helpful Products

Mosaic Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets can help ease anxiety, insomnia and stress. They can make it easier for children to fall asleep. A great product for children with ADHD, Anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorder or Autism.




Timbernook is a nature based outdoor camp program that runs year round. TimberNook was founded in New Hampshire by Angela Hanscom, a Pediatric OT by training and a mom. Here’s a listing of where they will have camps by the end of 2015:

  • San Francisco, CA*
  • Southern Pines, CA
  • Lakes Region, NH
  • Barrington, NH*
  • Madbury, NH*
  • Brentwood, NH*
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Charlotte, North Carolina*
  • Miami, Florida*
  • Cleveland, Ohio*
  • New Zealand*
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • Long Island, NY


Educational Resources

An online educational resource for parents. They have a great curriculum for teaching phonemic awareness. It can also be tailored to work with children who have special needs. The website is a wonderful support too.



Bringing Up BEtty

Interviews with special needs parents about the struggles and joys of raising children with special needs. Love it!!

We Turned Out Okay

What a great podcast with down to earth advice. Sometimes she interviews guests and other times, she does a shorter podcast talking directly to listeners with some good snippets of information. She also just published a book - Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics!

Family Confidential

This is a resource I found very early on while doing research for Encourage Play. Annie is always interviewing experts on a wide range of topics that relate to parenting, school, bullying, and mental health and disability issues.

The Coffee Klatch

They have great interviews with lots of interesting experts covering a wide variety of topics. They've interviewed Temple Grandin, Russell A. Barkley, PhD, John Elder Robinson and Michelle Garcia Winner.

Extremely Good Parenting Podcast

I recently listened to the episode where one of my favorite bloggers, Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures, was talking about kids melting down in Target parking lots. I have been there, and I totally relate to that!


This resource was brought to my attention by one of my readers. This site has listings for all emergency, legal and law enforcement government offices in the United States.  and I wanted to make sure it was included on this page.

NEW Parents Guide To Healthy Sleep

This guide from Tuck Sleep Foundation has comprehensive expert sleep hygiene information for parents with kids of all ages - newborns through teenage years.  Their resources have been featured on NPR and TedEd, as well as referenced by organizations like the ADAA and the American Sleep Apnea Association.