The following websites are a few of the very valuable resources for patients and families available on the internet. As with any online resource, use your judgment on the information online.
About.com: Special Needs Children: This is a good site to begin.
Alberta Health Services: Main website with links to many important clinics, services, and resources.
Apps for Children With Special Needs: Many apps available aren’t just for fun but specifically designed for making life easier for people with special needs.
Boundless Playgrounds: Their mission is to create a world where ALL children have the opportunity to gain developmental and health benefits derived from unstructured play in an inclusive environment.
Brave Kids: This excellent site is designed to help children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses and disabilities by connecting them to services and resources.
Care Notebook Forms and Documents: These forms have been designed by parents-for-parents who have children with medical issues. It offers a guide to keeping track of medical appointments, tests, and other important information.
Developmental Delay: Think of all the skills children have to learn when they come into the world. Here is a fact sheet that outlines some basic parameters of developmental milestones in childhood.
DREAMMS for Kids: This site is dedicated to increasing the use of Assistive Technology for children.
Easter Seals: They focus on the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities.
8 Tips for Moms of Special Needs Children: Tips and recommendations from a mom who has a special needs child.
Exceptional Parent: Offers practical advice and emotional support to families of children and adults with disabilities and special needs.
Families with Special Needs: Caregiving Tips: Offers general caregiving tips and links to information for children and adults.
Fathering Special Needs Children: Helping fathers to meet the challenges with courage and ingenuity when raising a child with special needs.
Fathers Network: Provides current information and resources to assist all families and care providers involved in the lives of children with medical needs.
Grandchildren With Special Needs: 10 Practical Travel Tips: Don’t leave home without reading these pointers.
Glossary: An extensive list of commonly used acronyms and terms.
Helping Siblings of Children with Disabilities: Acknowledges and discussed sibilings’ feeling and emotions with a brother or sister with a disability.
Hydrocephalus: A great website that sheds lights on the children affected by hydrocephalus.
Including Your Child: All children can succeed with the right support. This is a booklet that covers the first 8 years.
Kids With Cancer Society: A valuable site that every child and parent affected by pediatric cancer should visit.
Make A Wish Foundation: Granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
Need a Laugh: Sometimes you just have to see the humor in the things that happen to kids.
Parents Helping Parents: A Canadian non-profit community-based, parent-directed family resource.
Recommended Child Care Health and Safety Resources – American Academy of Pediatrics.
Shriners Hospitals for Children: Dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.
Special Olympics: Dignity, acceptance, and a chance to reach one’s potential – these are human rights worth promoting for everyone.
Starlight Foundation Canada: Providing love, care, and support for children facing life-changing injuries or medical conditions. What makes them unique is that they are there for the entire journey—from the emergency room to recovery.
Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation:
Tips for Grandparents: Informs grandparents on how they can best help their children and grandchildren.