Below is a list of resources I regularly recommend to clients. You will find books, community organizations, and websites which I find very helpful for children, teens, parents, families, and the LGBTQ community. If you know of other resources which you highly recommend, please share these with me and I will add them to the site!
Resources related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADDitude Magazine: Excellent source for current information, news, expert advice, and judgement-free understanding for families and adults living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (www.additudemag.com)
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Support groups and events for families and/or adults living with ADHD. Their website has links to the local San Diego Chapter.
Smart but Scattered or Smart but Scattered Teens by Peg Dawson, Ed.D. and Richard Guare, Ph.D. -- Excellent books to aid parents in helping to improve the Executive Functioning Skills in their kids. (www.smartbutscatteredkids.com)
Resources for Youth and Parents of LGBTQ Kids
North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside (www.ncresourcecenter.org) --
Provides community outreach, support groups for youth and parents, safe
spaces, education, resources, and advocacy for the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community in North County San Diego.
TransFamily Support Services -- offers monthly support groups for parents/caregivers of trans and non-binary individuals. They have a meeting on the THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH FROM 1-2:00PM AT NCLGBTQ RESOURCE CENTER IN OCEANSIDE and the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH FROM 4-5:30PM AT THE UNITED CHURCH OF THE VALLEY IN MURRIETA (as of 5/24/18).
Transforming Families Support Group -- offers monthly support groups (at the same time but separate groups) for parents, younger children, tweens, and high schoolers. They meet the FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH IN HILLCREST FROM 1-2:30PM. New families are invited to reach out to the contact person, Cristy Mereles, for more information.
Provides services similar to the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, but on a larger scale, as the nation's second oldest and one of the nation's largest resource centers for the LGBT Community. Their website provides a helpful listing of LGBTQ-Knowledgeable medical professionals.
Camp Laurel (The Laurel Foundation) -- a week-long summer camp for trans and gender-nonconforming youth (ages 10-17). They offer a wonderful week of fun activities, community, and positive mentors in a gender affirming space. In 2018, the dates are July 29-August 3 at Big Bear Lake, CA. There is NO COST for Camp Laurel programs. Email them at [email protected] or call 626-683-0800.
IT GETS BETTER PROJECT -- www.itgetsbetter.org -- a global organization committed to inclusion, protection and advancement of the rights of the LGBTQ+ youth
The Gender Quest Workbook by Rylan Jay Testa, Ph.D., Deborah Coolhart, Ph.D., LMFT, and Jayme Peta, M.A.
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Brill and Pepper
GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth by Huegel
The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender
Boxes by Ehrenhaft (for younger children)
This is a book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question and Answer Guide to Everyday Life by Owens-Reid