Parent Resources

Find a Pediatrician - VIA the American Academy of Pediatrics
Use this tool to search for an AAP member pediatrician, pediatric sub-specialist, or pediatric surgical specialist.

Texas Medical Board

TPS does not provide a referral service. However, we are pleased to refer you to the Texas Medical Board, the State agency which licenses all physicians in Texas.

The TMB website we are referring you to will allow you to search for a physician by name or by city.

On the TMB website you must first "Accept the Terms and Conditions." Then ‘Enter Search Criteria’ page, click on ‘License Type’ and then select Physician. It will then display a ‘Specialty’ drop box and you may enter the ‘pediatric specialty’ and the city to receive the names and background information of pediatricians in the area you are searching for.

Children with Disabilities

  • ADHD Resources: A resource list for parents of children with ADHD. Compiled by the leadership team of the TPS CQN ADHD Project, December 2015.
  • The "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign has developed a free resource kit of materials on child development and autism for day care providers and teachers to share with parents of children in their care. The Child Care Provider Resource Kit, along with resources for parents and pediatricians, are available for free at www.cdc.gov/actearly
  • Navigate Life Texas: A website for families of children with disabilities. A project of the Task Force for Children with Special Needs.

Child and Family Safety

In times of national tension, children may experience increased exposure to violence, racial bias or other adverse events in their social environments. The American Academy of Pediatrics shared the following links in order to help physicians and parents support children when faced with these complex and difficult circumstances. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, parents and caregivers play a key role in helping children understand what they hear and cope with any feelings of anxiety or fear they may be experiencing. Parents may also be managing their own stress related to COVID-19 and many are adjusting to new routines as they stay home with their children. TPS has compiled the list of resources below to help adults navigate the challenges that come with parenting during this pandemic.

General Information About COVID-19 For Families and How to Stay Safe

Childcare Guidance

TPS is receiving questions from members who have been approached by childcare centers about guidelines for sending children back to childcare. As a resource for members, TPS is sharing the following guidance for pediatricians receiving inquiries on this matter. As a parent, it is reasonable and appropriate to ask the daycare what types of precautions the center has put in place to limit risk to children. There is no formal recommendation that children should not return to daycare and, unless the child is symptomatic or has a known COVID+ exposure, they should not be excluded from daycare. Please refer to AAP, CDC, and state and local guidance related to childcare during COVID-19. See this tip sheet from AAP as a resource for both pediatricians and families.

On June 25, 2020, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission enacted a new set of emergency rules for child care providers. The emergency rules require child care centers to operate in accordance with the Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open released by the Centers of Disease Control in addition to the specific requirements related to caregivers, screening, drop-off and pick-up procedures, diapering procedures, soiled clothing requirements, environmental health, and food preparation.

Homeschooling, Establishing Routines, and Keeping Kids Occupied

How to Talk to Children About COVID-19 and Manage Stress/Anxiety

Information for Children with Disabilities

Hotlines and Community Resources

TPS Tip Sheets on Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Drowning/Water Safety

Diabetes:

TPS and Beyond Type 1 partnered for an educational campaign on Type 1 diabetes in November and December of 2016. Read more here.

Health Care:

Medicaid Information:

Parenting Tools for Childhood Obesity:

English

Spanish

Vaccination:

Zika:

  • Learn more about Zika in Texas by clicking on the TPS Zika page here

Other Zika Resources:

Other:

  • Need to file a complaint against a physician? Visit the Texas Medical Board website.
  • Struggling with the new eligibility system for public benefits? CPPP’s “Who to Contact” list.
  • Pathways.orgA website to empower parents and health professionals with free tools and resources to maximize children’s motor, sensory, and communication development. Click here for their most recent article.
  • Bright Futures Patient/Parent Education Handouts provide an opportunity to recall important topics discussed during the visit. They summarize information related to each of the 5 Bright Futures priorities for each visit, and are available in English and Spanish.​ These handouts can also be found as part of the Core Tools on the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit Web pages. 
  • Cord blood banking: information on donating and storing umbilical cord blood to help children survive over 80 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma, and anemia 
    • cordbloodguide.com: a free downloadable guide and user-friendly content related to cord blood and how cord blood banking works. 
  • Texas Pediatric Society Obesity Toolkit: offers videos and handouts to help parents partner with pediatric providers in the prevention and care of children with obesity.
  • Solar Eclipse Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics: offers tips to viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse safely.

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