Understood.org Learning and Attention Issues

Posted on Nov 8 2016 - 9:42am by Susan Bewley

Have a child with a learning disability? Learn how understand.org can help you here!

We all want nothing more than to be understood. But for some kids, it isn’t as easy as it seems. Learning and attention issues are much more common in children than most people realize. It isn’t uncommon for parents to think that their children are just being lazy, need to work harder, or that they are in a phase that they will grow out of. Raising a child with learning and attention issues is a journey. And it’s one that’s full of ups and downs, successes and challenges, questions and decisions.

Understood.org is a nonprofit organization that offers free online resources for parents of children with learning and attention issues (like ADHD or dyslexia). It is a resource that all parents, even those who have children who are undiagnosed, need to know about. It will help them understand what they are seeing, understand what their child is experiencing, and understand what they can do to help their children.

Understood.org Learning and Attention Issues

The #BeUnderstood campaign was created support of Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month in October, and to raise awareness about kids with learning and attention issues. In the U.S., 1 in 5 children struggles with brain-based learning and attention issues that affect reading, writing, math, focus and organization. These issues are a lot more common than most people think, and while learning and attention issues may not be as visible as other health issues, they’re just as real.

The goal of #BeUnderstood is to generate awareness about learning and attention issues and encourage people who are seeing or experiencing signs of learning and attention issues to visit Understood.org, learn about these issues, and take that crucial first step in getting their kids the help they need to thrive in school, at home and in life.

Understood.org Learning and Attention Issues

Understood.org is a safe online community that encourages parents to reach out to and learn from each other and a suite of specially designed, first-of-their-kind tools including:

Through Your Child’s Eyes: A series of interactive simulations and videos that enable parents to experience firsthand how smart people can struggle with a seemingly simple task when they have reading, writing, math, organization or attention issues.
Tech Finder: Expert-approved apps and games searchable by a child’s grade and issues.
Just For You: An opt-in system that provides additional levels of personalized content recommendations. (Parents don’t need to sign in to start getting customized recommendations on Understood; all they need to do to hit the ground running is check the boxes about their child’s grade and issues.) Parents who choose to complete a secure, confidential profile will receive recommendations for each child in their profile as well as for topics they’ve expressed interest in, such as siblings, travel and communicating with family and friends.
You & Your Family: Actionable tips and understanding advice for unique challenges families face with learning and attention issues.
Decision Guide: Key questions to help parents think through big topics, such as whether it’s time to request a formal evaluation, let a child start dating or decide which path to pursue after high school.

Understood.org Learning and Attention Issues

Available in English, Spanish and read-aloud mode, Understood provides parents with clear explanations about learning and attention issues. It also offers practical advice for parents on everything from how to partner with their child’s teachers and help with homework to how to explain their child’s issues to friends and relatives and plan family gatherings that are less stressful and more fun for everyone.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mia November 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm -

    This sounds like a wonderful resource for families. I am always looking for better ways to help my grandchildren when they have struggles with learning so this is a site I would find helpful.

  2. desiree November 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm -

    i have add and i am adult i had lotof problem when i wa kid they just thought it was slow learner then my duaghter has it and then my grand son now has it

  3. Crafty Nunn November 10, 2016 at 8:06 am -

    this is a great site. I have two people in my family that need this resource. Thank you for the review.

  4. Jerry Marquardt November 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm -

    I thank you for the great information on helping out with Learning Disorders, and how to take advantage of the services that there are to give assistance. Bless you for sharing this.

  5. Cathy Jarolin November 14, 2016 at 12:20 am -

    Oh! How wonderful that someone has a site to help Parents and Children with this often misunderstood learning problem. So many children & Parents need a site like this. I sure wish it was around Earlier could have helped alot of people I love. God Bless…

  6. April Monty November 15, 2016 at 9:56 am -

    My grandson has what doctors now believe is aspergers ,I really am thankful for all the information out tgere to help us understand it

  7. Amber Ludwig November 20, 2016 at 11:15 am -

    What a great resource for parents!! I find myself worrying about my son’s attention span but then I remind myself that he is only 3 lol. We will see as he gets older!