NICHCY is pleased to connect you with sources of information for helping children who have behavior challenges. This page in our Behavior Suite focuses on where to access Behavior Expertise.
Find who’s who in the behavior field and where to go for more information, reading, links, and assistance. The list below isn’t intended to be exhaustive of the behavior resources and expertise available to you—those are ever-growing and changing. But each of these links will take you into the behavior expertise that’s out there, where you can find out more and connect with additional resources.
Centers and Projects
Researchers are hard at work trying to pinpoint the reason for a problem behavior and how to provide a resolution. The following groups’ primary purpose is helping students improve their behavior.
Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.
This site is great for administrators and school personnel who are working to put a school-wide system in place for dealing with disciplinary issues. You’ll find info on Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA), school-wide support, classroom support, individual support, family support, conferences, presentations, newsletters, tools, and links to further info. Truly, a great site, also available in Spanish from the home page. Check it out!
Beach Center on Disability.
Want to know why your child engages in problem behavior? Check out this family-friendly resource page at the Beach Center. Find out how to determine why a person with a disability engages in problem behavior and ways to support the individual in learning other ways to act. Read articles, personal stories, tip lists, and find out about other web sites, books, manuals, and reports on solving behavior problems.
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Did you know that the number and quality of words a child hears in the early years of life have a tremendous impact on the development of their brain? A child’s vocabulary development is closely tied to their early language experiences and to their ability to think rationally, solve problems, and reason abstractly. Wow! This site can teach you how to help improve your child’s language abilities. Specific information is available on autism, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), behavior in everyday life, and parenting.
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children.
The mission of the Center is to promote the use of evidence-based practices to meet the needs of young children who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior. Find research syntheses on effective intervention procedures, presentation and workshop materials, training opportunities, and a wide variety of useful links.
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD).
This site offers monthly updates on legislation affecting children with behavioral disorders. It offers publications, message boards, an advocacy section, links to other sites, and a quarterly newsletter (available online, free of charge). CCBD is a membership organization, comprised of educators, parents, mental health personnel, and a variety of other professionals.
Kentucky Behavior Page.
To help a child make a change in behavior for the better, you first need to identify the causes of the misbehavior. Check out the Behavior Home Page Discussion Forum, to see what experts in the field are saying. Get resources for supporting behavior on the school-wide, group, and individual levels. Check out links to state and federal legislation. Read about professional resources.
Take a good look at this site. It has info on children’s mental health, a mental health dictionary, a listing of Indian mental health resources, and a toll-free number to call for help and information. You’ll also find pubs on autism, add, anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, anger management, and more. Selected publications are in Spanish.
National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI).
You’ll find a ton of info on this site. Check out the reader-friendly overview on mental illness. Join an on-line discussion group for family members. Read personal stories of children and teens with mental illness. Print out fact sheets, brochures, and reading lists. Follow links to other children and adolescent sites. Some resources are available in Spanish.
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health (RTC).
The RTC’s activities focus on improving services to children and youth who have mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders. This friendly, well-organized web site hosts monthly on-line family discussions. Keep up-to-date on relevant political and policy news. Browse through dozens and dozens of recent publications.
This site is run by Leslie E. Packer, Ph.D. a psychologist who treats children and adolescents with Tourette’s Syndrome and its associated conditions. Read succinct overviews of different disorders, including Tourette’s syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Mood Disorder, Depression, Sleep Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Read classroom tips on how to deal with various behavior issues.
Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
Families, communities, and schools need to work together to conquer disruptive behavior disorders. This site offers tips for dealing with anger, managing conflict, and dealing with bullies. Learn the warning signs for violence. Read about successful research-based programs that build resilience to behavior disorders.
These journals publish peer-reviewed articles about behavior research. Some content is available online at no charge. Other content requires a paid subscription.
The AAIDD publishes the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, a practitioner’s journal of research, reviews, and opinions on critical research in biological, behavioral, and educational sciences.
Formerly entitled the Behavior Modification Quarterly, this journal is for researchers, academics, and practitioners in clinical psychology. It covers a wide range of topics, including problem behavior, learning disabilities, and phobias. Check out a sample issue.
Get a sample copy of this journal for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and researchers. It reports research and practices of the use of behavior techniques.
British Journal of Developmental Psychology.
This journal publishes discussion papers, and brief reports on all aspects of developmental psychology. You can order it online.
British Journal of Educational Psychology.
This journal publishes research on the understanding and practice of education.
The primary mission of Behavioral Neuroscience is to publish original research papers in the broad field of the biological bases of behavior.
Journal for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Written for physicians, clinicians, psychologist, and researchers, this journal covers developmental and psychosocial aspects of pediatric health care. Topics include learning disorders, developmental disabilities, and emotional, behavioral, and psychosomatic problems.
Journal of Education of Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR).
JESPAR publishes literature and report reviews, research articles on promising reform programs, and case studies on “schools that work.” Selected articles are available free of charge. Read the table of contents for the current issue, as well as issues back to 1996.
Journal for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
View abstract, full text, and links of articles in current issue, for the current issue, and all issues back to 1970.
Journal of Behavioral Education.
Get a free issue of this journal. View articles from the current issue and past issues, back to 1997.
Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions.
This journal publishes research articles, discussions, literature reviews, and conceptual papers, programs and practices, family support and family perspectives, and reviews of published materials. Read table of contents and abstracts on issues back to 1999.
Journal of School Psychology.
In this journal, you’ll find original articles on empirical research and practice relevant to the development of school psychology as both a scientific and an applied specialty.
The Behavior Analyst.
You can order this journal online. View the table of contents of the current issue and recent issues. Search journal abstracts. Read selected article reprints. You can also visit the journal’s archives (1978-2012) at:
Professionals Who Can Help
American Federation of Teachers
National Education Association
American Psychological Association
National Association of School Psychologists
Medical Doctors, Including Psychiatrists
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Psychiatric Association
1.888.35.PSYCH or 1.888.357.7924 (phone)
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
School Social Work Association of America
American School Counselor Association
American Counseling Association
800.347.6647 (toll-free phone)
What Do They Mean By…?
Need help understanding all of those jargony terms you’re encountering as you delve more deeply into behavior concerns? With these glossaries, dictionaries, and cheat sheets, you can sound like an expert yourself.
This online database houses over 2,000 behavior-related terms. Whew! Who would’ve thought there could be so many?
Behavior intervention terms.
This glossary, from Utah Students at Risk, covers behavioral intervention terms. At the bottom of each defined term is a PDF link to more information regarding that behavioral intervention.
The continuum of care.
Read these brief descriptions of different programs, settings, or treatments that children with mental illness may receive.
Terms used in behavior research.
Defines all the terms used in behavior research, a la B.F. Skinner.
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