Do you want to know more about your child’s special needs, review parenting strategies, and partner with your child’s school? Check out Understood, a website designed to assist parents with those issues and much more. The site was conceived as an easily accessible resource for parents of kids with learning and attention issues. Under the auspices of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Understood is a remarkable site with more resources than I could possibly describe. All resources and videos are well-organized and easily accessed. I was very impressed with the breadth and quality of information on managing social and behavioral issues. This is a quality site!
My favorite section is called Through Your Child’s Eyes. Select your child’s grade level to determine the best match of personalized resources. Then select from five learning issues: attention, reading, math, writing, and organization. You’ll see a child of roughly your child’s age who describes their particular issue and the struggles which accompany it. A simulation of that issue is next. For writing difficulties, for example, you are expected to type sentences (and the timer is on!) but the wrong letters pop up or the words are misspelled or incorrectly capitalized. Then an expert in the field shares information about this area, along with strategies and encouragement. Finally, the child featured in the video will complete their story with a fairly positive outcome.
I’ve already shared Through Your Child’s Eyes with a student and her reaction was extremely positive. She could identify with the videotaped child, enjoyed the simulation (despite the similarity to her own struggles), and seemed encouraged that she was not alone. I’m looking forward to sharing this with other students, too.