Behavior and Development - Patient Education and Resources

Behavior and Development - Patient Education and Resources

Learn about support groups, autism advocacy and educational books through Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Behavior and Development Program.

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Parent Support Groups

Apraxia Support Group in the evening – quarterly. The meetings are generally in P1100 in the Children’s Hospital from 6 – 8 p.m.

Autism Advocacy

The ABA in PA Initiative



  • Asperger's Huh?: A Child's Perspective by Rosina Schnurr. This book is geared towards children ages 6-12 and is written from the perspective of an 11-year-old child.
  • Cats Have Aspeger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann. This picture book with captions is heartwarming, has a nice message and is easy for young children to understand. It is not intended to be a technical guide to autism.
  • Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual - What You, Your Parents and Your Teachers Need to Know: An Interactive Guide and Workbook by Ellen Korin. This interactive workbook provides opportunities for self-reflection and insight into the ways that Asperger Syndrome may be affecting the child's life in different ways.
  • Asperger's - What Does It Mean To Me?: Structured Teaching Ideas for Home and School by Catherine Faherty. This workbook has sections for children, parents and teachers. The book will provide insight into your child's mind, and make him or her more self-aware, learning what autism means in relation to crucial areas of life: friendships, fears, abilities and much more.
  • Freaks, Geeks, And Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson. This consumer-oriented narrative is written by a 13-year-old-boy with Asperger Syndrome. Draws upon personal experiences and family members to inform the general public about living the adolescent years with this condition.
  • Different Like Me by Jennifer Elder. This book is about famous people with AS.
  • Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian by John Elder Robison. A very positive book by a man with AS.
  • Asperger Syndrome Books for Parents - A Guide to Asperger Syndrome by Christopher Gillberg. This book provides an informative overview of autism. It’s meant for all kinds of readers, including those affected, their families, and clinicians working with children, adolescents, and adults with Asperger Syndrome.
  • Asperger Syndrome by Sarah Sparrow. This book covers the clinical and research aspects of Asperger Syndrome.
  • A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive by Geraldine Dawson, et. al. This book offers practical problem solving ideas, real-life stories, and useful strategies to help children with AS interact more comfortably with siblings and peers, and understand the rules of appropriate behavior.
  • Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism by Bryna Siegel, PhD. This easy to read book has nice practical information for families raising a child with autism.


  • Freeing your Child from Anxiety: Powerful Practical Solutions to Overcome your Child's Fears, Worries and Phobias by Tamar E. Chansky
  • What to do When you Worry Too Much: A Kids Guide to Overcoming Anxiety: What do to Guides for Kids by Dawn Heubner and Bonnie Matthews,
  • Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, 2nd edition by Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D.


  • Treating Eating Problems by K. Williams
  • 1-2-3 Magic by Dr. Thomas Phelan
  • SOS: Help for Parents by Lynn Clark
  • How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber
  • The Explosive Child by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
  • The ADD Answer Book by Susan Ashley


  • The Late Talker by M. Agin
  • Speaking of Apraxia by L. Lindsay

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My Penn State Health

Penn State Children’s Hospital offers patients the ability to connect with their doctor online by using a secure website called My Penn State Health. This online tool allows you to:

  • Manage upcoming appointments
  • Check test and lab results
  • Communicate with your doctor through secure messaging
  • View or print health related documents from home

You can sign up for our online patient portal during an appointment by providing an email address, and our staff will send you an invitation. Any child age 14 to 17 will need to be present and give their written consent for parents to view their health records, and patients over the age of 18 must manage their own account.

Contact us

New Patient Referrals: 800-233-4082, option #4
Scheduling (Dr. Ramer): 717-531-7010. Option #1
Scheduling (Dr. Tierney): 717-531-6807 or 866-204-0035
Outpatient Scheduling: 717-531-6807 or 866-204-0035
Fax: 717-531-0276