Resources for Families & Educators

NASP has made these handouts publicly available as a public service to provide parents and teachers with up-to-date information and proven, solutions-based strategies for home and classroom applications. All handouts are taken from Helping Children at Home and School III, which contains over 280 total handouts contributed by leading experts and experienced professionals. The full collection is available for purchase in an easy-to-search format that allows users to print individual handouts to be given to parents, teachers, administrators, teens, and others.

Copyright Information: You may use all or any portion of the forms and documents on this webpage solely for educational, non-commercial use, provided you do not remove any trademark, copyright or other notice contained in such document. No other use is permitted unless otherwise expressly permitted by NASP.

Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Parents
Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children's attitude, confidence, and performance, both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be difficult for both children and parents. This handout provides suggestions to help ease the transition, and promote a successful school experience.

Intellectual Ability & Assessment: A Primer for Parents & Educators
This handout explains what is meant by intellectual assessment and cognitive ability, describes current methods of assessing intelligence, explores developmental issues related to intellectual assessment, offers suggestions for supporting children’s learning and achievement, and provides recommendations for further reading.

Special Education: A Basic Guide for Parents
While each state has its own procedures and rules for providing special education services, there are some basic steps based on federal law that must be followed. This handout provides answers to some frequently asked questions in order to help parents understand the basic procedures of the special education system.

School Refusal: Information for Educators
Each year, approximately 2–5% of children refuse to come to school due to anxiety or depression. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression.

Children’s Mental Health Promotion and Support: Strategies for Educators
Schools are responsible for teaching academics and also for promoting the mental health of students. School mental health services promote the psychological health of all students, providing protective support to students at risk and supporting educational environments that allow students to cope with challenges and problems.

Homework: A Guide for Parents
There is little question that parental involvement in homework has a strong positive effect on achievement. While parents may be tempted to throw up their hands when their children resist homework or lack the skills to do it, school success may depend on parents’ willingness to help overcome obstacles to homework completion.

Early Childhood Disabilities & Special Education
Parents and early childhood teachers are usually the first to notice when infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are not developing and learning as expected, but may have questions as to when an individual difference in early development indicates a problem, or when common problems require special services.

Depression: Supporting Students at School
Depression is a common mental health problem that, if left unidentified and untreated, can have pervasive and long-term effects on social, personal, and academic performance. When school personnel know how to identify and intervene with children with depression, they can provide them with opportunities for effective support.

ADHD: A Primer for Parents & Educators
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex disorder characterized by pervasive symptoms that tend to interfere with the child’s behavior at home, in school, and among peers. Fortunately, with early identification and intervention, most children with ADHD can lead successful lives.