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Helpful Resources


We at PPSW have gathered several valuable resources in the links below. Click on a link to read some of our favorite websites in the following areas:

General Pediatric Links
General Pediatric Links


Click here for a video explaining how to use a Nose Frida to suck out your kiddo's boogers

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children web site
www.HealthyChildren org
The AAP is a group of over 50,000 pediatricians promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. This is the parent-patient portion of their web site, offering tons of health information and parenting tips.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health & safety of people at home and abroad. Their site offers Health Topics A-Z and a Traveler's Health section (, and comprehensive immunization information.

Kids Health is the largest and most visited doctor-approved site providing health information for kids from birth through adolescence. It is created by the Nemour's Foundation and provides families with up-to-date, jargon-free, health information they can use. There are separate areas for Parents, Kids, and Teens - each with its own design, age-appropriate content and tone.

The Children’s Hospital of Denver

Children’s is our main referral tertiary care children’s hospital. They provide excellent pediatric specialty care and support for our patients. They also offer a robust parent health question site

Poison Control

Head Lice

Information from Dr. Kressly's website about head lice.

Dealing with Colic and Fussy Babies

Chronic Medical Conditions Links


The mission of this site is to promote understanding of the care and treatment of Diabetes, especially children. It contains articles and resources for kids with Type I diabetes and their families.

Cystic Fibrosis
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics is a non-profit network for families whose desire is to overcome, not cope with, allergies and asthma. They produce accurate, practical, timely and livable alternatives to suffering.


Dietary Limitations

A website that provides lots of recipe ideas for a variety of dietary needs.

Chronic Medical Conditions Links
Durango Children’s Links


Durango Parks and Recreation
This site has information about activities and events at the Durango Recreation Center as well as Parks and Recreation classes.

Powerhouse Science Center
General information as well as classes and events at the Powerhouse Science Center. 

La Plata Family Centers Coalition
Information on the multitude of services to families La Plata Family Center including playgroups, tumbling tots, support groups, safe exchange and more. 

Durango Nature Studies
Information on Durango Nature Studies events and classes . 

Durango Arts Center 
DAC's Education page with information on art and drama classes for kids. 

Community Connections
Community Connections provides support to children and adults with developmental disabilities. 

BOCES (San Juan Board of Cooperative Services)
BOCES provides specialized educational services including speech therapy, occupational therapy, assisted technology, and social work. 

San Juan Basin Public Health
Our wonderful local health department! San Juan Basin Health provides many health services for our community, including immunizations and travel counseling. 

Mercy Regional Medical Center

Our local, acclaimed inpatient hospital, where Pediatric Partners physicians provide newborn, neonatal ICU, and pediatric hospital care.

Durango Children’s Links
Books we Recommend
Books We Recommend


General Parenting:

Win the Whining War & Other Skirmishes: A Family Peace Plan by Cynthia Whitham and Barry Wetmore

Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison

How to Handle a Hard-to-Handle Kid: a Parent's Guide to Understanding and Changing Problem Behaviors 

by C. Drew Edwards

Parenting the Fussy Baby and the High-Need Child: Everything You Need to Know - From Birth to Age Five 

by William Sears and Martha Sears

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected by Susan Stiffelman

Parenting Adolescents:

How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years by Julie Ross

Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens by Laura S. Kastner Ph.D. and Jennifer Wyatt

The Rollercoaster Years by Charlene C. Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional and Behavioral Challenges  by Pat Harvey

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen

Adolescent Health:

Taking Charge of My Mind and Body: A Girls' Guide to Outsmarting Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking, and Eating Problems by Gladys Folkers et al

When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain et al

Wasted by Marya Hornbacher (for those struggling with eating disorders)

A Bright Red Scream by Marilee Strong ( discusses self-mutilation)


The Family Nutrition Book by William Sears


Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love Learning by Deborah Stipek Ph.D.


Solving Your Child's Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Gary Ezzo

Education Resources

Education Resources

Understanding Special Education

This is a great, informative web site for parents to help navigate the Special Education maze if they are faced with assisting their child in accessing more services in the school setting.


For Tourette syndrome and related conditions (OCD)

For any condition affecting learning:


CHADD is the nation's leading non-profit organization for serving individuals with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It provides evidence-based information about ADHD to parents, educators, professionals, media and the general public.

A 504 plan can be requested from the school for any diagnosis that affects learning. For requesting a 504 and for ADHD:


For ADHD new diagnosis:


Vanderbilt forms for establishing diagnosis of ADHD

Teacher form

Parent form

Breastfeeding Resources
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