Thursday, September 25, 2014

Understood - A new online resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues

I've been eagerly anticipating the launch of a new website called Understood.  This site is the result of the collaboration of 14 nonprofit agencies committed to helping the parents of children with learning and attention issues. It features excellent resources in a well-designed and easy to navigate format. Users can create a profile answering specific questions about their child. Parents will also find simulations showing what life looks like for a child with ADHD, executive function issues and dyslexia among others. Find practical age-specific advice on common behavioral issues, decision making tools, and access to experts in the fields of learning and attention. Content will be added daily and users can sign up for a weekly newsletter.  The site can be viewed in English or Spanish.  Check it out today!
Check out Understood's Mission Statement. I will be utilizing this site both personally and professionally.

Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving. 

 This journey can pose challenges, though. That’s where Understood comes in. Understood aims to give parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone: 

 We promise well-researched, practical information that’s easy to apply to everyday life. We promise daily access to expert advice that’s free of charge, clearly communicated and never influenced by commercial interests. 

We promise a secure community where parents can trade tips and experiences with other parents like them. 

We promise to help parents recognize and develop their children's strengths—and to address their challenges. 

We promise to share resources and tips to help parents work constructively with schools, professionals and others in their community. 

We promise to respect parents’ privacy and their knowledge of what’s best for their children and family. 

We promise to listen to feedback and use it so that we can continue to make Understood better and better. 

By fulfilling these promises, we believe we can help parents achieve successes, large and small, that fuel their child’s progress. 

Sarah is trying to decide whether or not to answer the email begging for chaperones for the upcoming Jr. High dance.

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