Free Resources for Parents for Learning Issues and Attention Issues
When you are parenting a child with learning issues or attention issues it can feel scary. And very lonely. And even if you are able to identify learning challenges for your child, it can be hard to get the help you need. And support for both you and your child.
That's why Understood.org is such a great resource. It's free to use, easy to navigate, and has a ton of resources for you and your children to explore. One of the resources I found very helpful was the "Through Your Child's Eyes" interactive simulations. It's never easy to understand what someone else is going through and I think that was one of the hardest things for me as a parent of a son with learning issues.
I am a very audio/visual learner so when my son was diagnosed with some processing issues it was hard for me to grasp. Of course I knew (in my head) what he was going through but I didn't fully grasp what he was struggling with. These resources not only helped me understand what he was dealing with but then offered some solutions for how to help empower your child.
With one out of every five children now struggling with some kind of learning or attention issue, we need to all learn how to help each other, our community, and especially our children.
In support of Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month in October, Understood.org has launched the new #BeUnderstood campaign 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.
By understanding the different types of learning disorders and their signs, you can pinpoint the specific challenges your child faces and find a treatment program that works. Your job as a parent is not to “fix” the learning and attention issues, but to give your child the social and emotional tools he or she needs to work through challenges.
Does your child have a learning issue? What's your biggest challenge as a parent?