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Resources for Patients

If you think your child is experiencing any of the symptoms described below, please contact the Child Development Clinic to find out how you can make an appointment.

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • AD/HD and attention problems
  • Anger management
  • Asperger’s disorder
  • Autism
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Behavior management/behavior problems
  • Sleep
  • Toileting
  • Divorce
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Learning disabilities/learning problems
  • Depression and mood
  • Bullying and teasing



Chansky, T.E., (2004). Freeing your child from anxiety: Power, practical solutions to overcome your child’s fears, worries, and phobias. New York, NY: Broadway Books.


Eisen, A. R., Engler, L.B., & Sparrow, J. (2006). Helping your child overcome separation anxiety or school refusal: A step by step guide for parents. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.


Spence, S., Cobham, V., Wignall, A., & Rapee, R.M. (2000). Helping your anxious child: A step by step guide for parents. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.



The Anxious Child, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Understanding Anxiety, Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Chansky, T.E. (2001). Freeing your child from obsessive compulsive disorder: A powerful, practical program for parents of children and adolescents. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.


March, J.S. (2006). Talking back to OCD: The program that helps kids and teens say “No Way” – and parents to say “way to go.” New York, NY: Guilford Press.


Wagner, A.P. (2002). What to do when your child has obsessive compulsive disorder. Rochester, NY: Lighthouse Press.



International OCD Foundation

ADHD and Attention Problems


Barkley, R.A. (2000). Taking charge of ADHD: The complete, authoritative guide for parents. New York, NY: Guilford Press. 


Nadeau, K.G. (2000). Understanding girls with AD/HD. Altamonte Springs, FL: Advantage Books. 


Sonna, L. (2005). The everything parent’s guide to children with ADD/ADHD: A reassuring guide to getting the right diagnosis, understanding treatments, and helping your child focus. Cincinnati, OH: Adams Media Corporation.



Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

National Institute of Mental Health

Anger Management


Davis, D. L. (2004). Your angry child: A guide for parents. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.


Golden, B. (2006). Healthy anger: How to help children and teens manage their anger. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Whithouse, E. (1996). A volcano in my tummy: Helping children to handle anger.Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

Asperger's Disorder/Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder 


Bolick, T. (2001). Asperger Syndrome and adolescence: Helping preteens and teens get ready for the real world. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press. 


Cohen, J. (2002). The Asperger parent: How to raise a child with Asperger Syndrome and maintain your sense of humor. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publisher Company.


Koegel, L.K., & LaZebnik, C. (2005). Overcoming Autism: Finding the answers, strategies, and hope that can transform a child’s life. New York: Penguin Books.


Locksin, S.B., Gillis, J.M., & Romanczyk, R.G. (2005). Helping your child with autism spectrum disorder: A step-by-step workbook for families. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.


Powers, M.D., & Poland, J. (2003). Asperger Syndrome and your child: A parent’s guide. New York: Collins.


Prior, M. (2005). Learning and behavior problems in Asperger Syndrome. New York, NY: Guilford Press. 


Waltz, M. (2002). Autistic spectrum disorders: Understanding the diagnosis and getting help. Patient-Centered Guides



Autism Society

National Institute of Mental Health

Behavior Management/Behavior Problems


Barkley, R. (1998). Your defiant child: Eight steps to better behavior. New York: Guilford Press.


Christophersen, E.R. (1998). Beyond discipline: Parenting that lasts a lifetime.Overland Press.


Christophersen, E.R., & Graves, D. (1998). Little people: Guidelines for common sense parenting. Overland Press.


Forehand, R., & Graves, D. (2002). Parenting the strong willed child: The clinically proven five-week program for parents of two-to-six year-olds. McGraw Hill.


Greene, R. (2005). The explosive child: A new approach to understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children. Harper.



Friman, P. (2005). Now get to bed and go to sleep. Boys Town, NE: Boys Town Press.


Owens, J., & Mindell, J. (2005). Take charge of your child’s sleep: The all-in-one resource for solving sleep problems in kids and teens. Marlowe and Company.


Peterson, J., & Peterson, M. (2003). Sleep fairy. Behave’n Kids Press.



Azrin, N. (1989). Toilet training in less than a day. Pocket.



Atchison, L. (2003). ABCs of surviving divorce: Important tips for parents, teens & children. 1st Books Library.


Ricci, I. (1997). Mom’s house, dad’s house: Making two homes for your child. Fireside.

Grief and Bereavement


Emswiler, J.P., & Emswiler, M.A. (2000). Guiding your child through grief. New York: Bantam.


Perschy, M.K. (2004). Helping teens work through grief. United Kingdom: Brunner-Routledge.


Wright, H.N. (2004). It’s okay to cry: A parent’s guide to helping children through the losses of life. New York: WaterBrook Press.

Learning Disabilities/Learning Problems


Glenchur, K.E. (2003). Learning disabilities form a parent’s perspective: What you need to know to understand, help & advocate for your child. Salt Lake City, UT: Pince-Nez Press.


Harwell, J.M. (2001). Complete learning disabilities handbook: Ready-to-use strategies & activities for teaching students with learning disabilities. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Utley Adelizzi, J. & Goss, D.B. (2001). Parenting children with learning disabilities. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey Trade.



IDEA 2004: Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities: LD Checklist of Signs & Symptoms 

American Academy of Pediatrics: Parenting Corner Q & A – How do I know if my child has a learning disability?

Learning Disability Association of Illinois: Seeing the Signs

Depression and Mood


Evans, D.L., & Wasmer Andrews, L. (2005). If your adolescent has depression or bipolar disorder: An essential resource for parents. New York: Oxford University Press.


Fristad, M.A., & Goldberg Arnold, J.S. (2003). Raising a moody child: How to cope with depression and bipolar disorder. New York: Guilford Press.


Koplewicz, H. (2002). More than moody: Recognizing and treating adolescent depression. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.


Modimore, F.M. (2002). Adolescent depression: A guide for parents. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bullying and Teasing


Adams, L.K. (2003). Dealing with teasing. New York: Powerkids Press.


Garbarino, J. (2003). And words can hurt forever: How to protect adolescents from bullying, harassment and emotional violence. New York: Free Press.

More Resources:

DeKalb CUSD 428: Support Services

Sycamore Community School District 427: Special Education

Illinois State Board of Education: Educational Rights and Responsibilities

Contact Us

To learn more or to make an appointment with a licensed child psychologist in Sycamore, call 815.748.8334.

In the event of a crisis after hours, call 800.373.3327. A counselor will be paged immediately.


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