I was compensated to write this article by Element Associates. As an expert in educational topics, the opinions and content here are 100% mine.
Does your child have difficulty in school? You are not alone.
1 in 5 children has an undiagnosed learning issue. Understood.org has tools to help.
Understood offers free resources and support to parents at all ages and stages of the learning issue journey. There are those of us who have not yet figured out why a child is struggling, as well as those of us who have been on this journey for years.
This 1-minute PSA (Public Service Announcement) from Understood.org may help shed some light on how your child is feeling on a daily basis…
Many of you know I have been an educator for 15+ years. As a lifelong learner committed to helping others succeed, I feel compelled to study the ways in which I learn best (“metacognition”) and recognize my own areas of need. In so doing, I may best facilitate my clients’/students’ learning.
One thing I’ve learned in examining my learning style and receiving years of targeted 1-on-1 therapy is I, too, have learning and attention issues, including:
- math processing issue
- ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
- Giftedness and another helpful article on this front: Questions to Ask School About Twice-Exceptional Children
Since I was not diagnosed with my learning and attention issues until my Freshman year of university, I simply did my best to “cope” growing up. I was segued into Gifted and AP Classes, without ever having the above formal diagnoses. That was tough. Having a supportive family, fabulous teachers and good friends definitely made my issues in school more manageable. But day-to-day challenges I faced were always difficult.
I wish someone had told my family and me about a resource like Understood.org. It is such a vast resource of information to help us understand what types of issues there are, symptoms and signs of learning or attention issues, and ways to ameliorate or best diagnose, treat and assist those in need of help.
Here are some of the key pages on Understood.org I find the most helpful – as a person with learning and attention issues, as an educator, and as a parent.
- Learning & Attention Issues: Signs & Symptoms
- Learning & Attention Issues: Types of Issues
- Learning & Attention Issues: Treatments & Approaches
- Friends & Feelings: Common Challenges
- Friends & Feelings: Empowering Your Child
I hope this article helps you find your path to success in identifying any potential needs your child (or you) may have. I most certainly bookmarked the pages above. I’ll be visiting Understood.org regularly as our family dynamic shifts and my tutoring business evolves and changes.