For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

Understood began with a dream to give parents everywhere access to the kind of resources usually only available to a few. Then 15 nonprofits came together to make that dream a reality.

Together, they did extensive research with more than 2,200 parents. Parents told Understood what they needed—from the kinds of tools that would help them navigate everyday challenges to the information they simply couldn’t find anywhere else. They also shared their preferences, including the terms they feel comfortable using to describe their child’s issues. This research was invaluable, and it has guided Understood’s decision-making every step of the way.

With the results of the research in mind, Understood’s team of experts worked with Understood editors and designers to create more than 1,600 articles, “deep dives,” decision guides, quizzes, slideshows, tips and more. They also developed first-of-their-kind tools like Through Your Child’s Eyes, Parenting Coach, Tech Finder and Decision Guide—and more to come.

Knowing that parents have busy lives, they designed Understood to work equally well on computer, tablet and smartphone, using the best techniques for people with learning and attention issues.

The end result is what you see today: an innovative digital resource where parents can come to understand and feel understood.

My favorite feature is Through Your Child’s Eyes, it is absolutely amazing, life changing and one of the most important resources I have seen on the net. It’s one thing to read about how a learning or attention issue can affect your child. It’s another thing to see it through your child’s eyes. Experience firsthand how frustrating it can be when your hand won’t write what your brain is telling it to write. Find out why it can be so hard to complete a simple task even when you’re trying to pay attention. Use these one-of-a-kind simulations and videos to get a better sense of what it feels like to have learning and attention issues.

I am honored to bring you a series with several of the founding partners of Understood.org

To listen to any of the interviews simply click on the link below

ned228Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., a child and adult psychiatrist, is a NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Sudbury, Massachusetts and New York City. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty from 1983 until he retired from academics in 2004 to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books. He has authored eighteen books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness in life, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry and managing excessive busyness.

Airs 9pmE/6pmP Sunday February 1

penParents Education Network – Bringing success to students with learning and attention differences. Guest Laura Rattay Maloney, President of Parents Education Network discusses their many programs such as Conferences, Lectures and Workshops where they bring locally and nationally renowned experts to speak to parents and educators throughout the school year. Their SAFE Voices program, a group for LD teens, with volunteer assistance from local educational and psychological professionals. Another program is their School Liaisons and Support Groups where they train parent volunteers in local schools who create a bridge between PEN and the administration and provide a PEN presence in the school for other parents. They also help parents of LD kids set up parent support and advocacy groups at their schools.

Airs 9pmE/6pmP February 22

Stay tuned for announcement dates of more upcoming interviews with the founding partners of Understood.org

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