Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. 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.
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.
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Understood is a web resource that explains through experience the frustrations that our children who are challenged academically face every day. The site helps us understand our kids in a three-step process. First, we hear from a child who is challenged in a particular area, and then an expert. Next we experience a simulation tied to the challenge that is, believe me, always frustrating. Finally, the expert returns with targeted advice on how to relate with the child.
If this were all that the site did I would deem it a success. But it goes so much farther! Common Sense Media follows up with teacher-reviewed suggestions for EdTech apps and services that relate specifically to the challenge being addressed. Not only does the user grow more knowledgeable of challenges faced and more empathetic to the child, but that knowledge and empathy can be turned immediately into effective action to support the child
Understood is impressive for teacher professional development sessions dedicated to supporting teachers who work with academically challenged kids. It is actually “fun” and frustrating at the same time. Understood is just as effective in helping parents understand their child’s frustrations.
Do I plan to use it?
I already have. Every school has kids who are challenged to function effectively within the structure of our K-12 system.
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