Child Development Resources for Parents

Guest Authored By Kristian S, MS, OTR/L

Parenting often comes with a lot of questions about child development. As social media and blogs continue to expand, it can be challenging to find quality information regarding typical and atypical development. You may have asked yourself “why is my child such a picky-eater?”, “how long should they be able to pay attention for?”, or “when should they be able to write their name?”. Parenting comes with enough challenges, and finding evidenced-based information shouldn’t be one of them! Listed below are organizations who have expertise in the area of child development and who work to share information and strategies to support families.

 1. CDC Developmental Milestones

If you are concerned about your child meeting their developmental milestones, this is a great place to start! The organization lists milestones and includes videos to help you better understand your child’s development. They also have a milestone tracker app available to help you monitor your child’s development. 

 2. Pathways.org 

This organization works towards empowering parents through free tools and information to better understand their child’s sensory, motor, and communication development. They provide videos, milestone checklists, and online classes for a variety of developmental topics. They also have a “Games Calendar” for activities to do each week with your young child.

 3. Zero To Three

This organization specializes in children ages 0-3. They work to ensure babies and toddlers have family and community resources to support their development during the critical first years of life. They provide a variety of parent resources on topics including limit-setting, behaviors, play, and positive parenting approaches.

 4. Understood 

Understood is a fantastic resource for parents who have children with attention or learning challenges. They have several articles to help parents better identify learning differences and developmental milestones. They provide online simulations to help parents better understand their child’s learning challenges related to reading, writing, and attention. Understood is also a helpful tool for parents wanting more information about how to partner with their child’s school to support their learning needs. 

 5. Child Mind Institute

This organization specializes in providing information and resources for children with mental health and learning concerns. They cover several topics including bullying, discipline, behavior problems, and parenting challenges. Child Mind Institute also has several free parent guides for specific diagnoses or concerns including ADHD, eating disorders, and sleep. The organization also offers parent workshops about screen time, understanding ADHD, and positive behavior management. 

 6. Center on the Developing Child- Harvard University

This organization is actively involved in research and development to identify strategies to better life outcomes for children. Their resource library is a great tool with several briefs involving topics including supporting children’s executive functioning, play skills, and relationships. 

 7. Eyas Landing

Eyas Landing offers multi-disciplinary therapy for children and adolescents. Our experienced staff has also written several blogs on common parent concerns and strategies to support child development.  

Eyas Landing is a therapy clinic with a mission to provide evidence-based and family-centered therapy services for children, adolescents, and their families. The primary goal is to deliver relationship-based interventions within the most natural environments and to empower families to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, our highly educated, compassionate staff dedicates time and expertise to create experiences that maximize therapeutic outcomes. The strength, determination, and perseverance of our clients are evident as they succeed in therapy, and ultimately in their daily lives.

Eyas Landing offers a wide range of comprehensive services including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, ABA Therapy, Social Work, Family Therapy, and Neuropsych testing. Services are provided throughout the Chicagoland area via Telehealth, In-Home, and in our state of the art clinic.

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