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
American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children web site
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 (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx), 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
Information from Dr. Kressly's website about head lice.
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.
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.
A website that provides lots of recipe ideas for a variety of dietary needs.
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 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.
Books We Recommend
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
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
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
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
Behavioral Health Resources
Therapist List - coming soon
Resources List - coming soon