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Resources for Youth

Last updated August 2020

Facts for Families

AACAP's Facts for Families provide concise up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.

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Youth FAQs
How can a child ask for help at school?

A child can talk with the teacher or the school counselor in person to request help. If there is a school based mental health center co-located at the school, the clinic can provide services for youth on site. If the school has an arrangement with a local mental health center this can provide support to the child at a different location or directly on site. Parental permission is required if the child is below the age of consent for the state as consent is regulated by state law.

What should a child know about attending a school meeting?

A child will meet the professionals involved with his/her education including: teachers, school district representative, and the school psychologist. At the meeting there will be a discussion of the student’s present level of performance including current levels of academic, social, and behavioral functioning. Progress that the student has made towards meeting his/her annual goals will be reviewed. The student can develop in coordination with his/her team, new educational goals for the coming year. Finally there will be a discussion on how well the student’s accommodations, modifications and specialized supports are working for the child.

Apps

Visit Common Sense for a collection of apps used in schools to target social and emotional learning, mindfulness, and identifying feelings.

Calm logoCalm
Cost: Free
Platforms: iOS and Android
Developer: Calm.com
Calm provides people experiencing stress and anxiety with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music.

MY3MY3
Platforms: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
Developer: Mental Health Association of New York City Inc.
Developed in partnership with national suicide prevention hotline, allows use of evidenced based safety plan on phone and integrates additional resources such as the national suicide hotline.

Stop Breathe and ThinkStop, Breathe & Think
Platforms: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
Developer: Tools for Peace
Designed for daily meditation & mindfulness, has a unique approach that allows you to check in with your emotions, and then recommends short, guided meditations, yoga and acupressure videos, tuned to how you feel.  Teachers might use this as a class warm up activity.

mindful gnatsMindful gNATs
Platforms: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
Developer: Handaxe
Designed to teach young people simple mindfulness and relaxation skills, used in schools.

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Books
i Wish I Could Fly Like a Bird

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