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Have You Shared Understood?

Expert Corner blog post by Edward Hallowell, M.D., Ed.D.
Feb 03, 2015

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There I am, rolling around on the floor of a conference room, pretending to be a 6-year-old having a meltdown. Snap! I’m a confused father, asking a doctor about Adderall prescriptions. Snap again! I’m a parent at school, pleading with a teacher to let our child use a stress ball to calm himself down.

These are all role-plays for ADHD trainings I do around the country. Indeed, for the last 30 years, I’ve been educating people about learning and attention issues. And if that means rolling around on the floor, I am game! Sometimes, I even learn something. So it was in early 2014, when I got off the floor at one of these trainings, that I heard about Understood.

Now, keep in mind, I’ve been in this field for decades. I was on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 20 years. I’ve written 18 books on learning and attention issues, many of them best-sellers. I still see patients every day and help their families with advice and treatment. I have ADHD and dyslexia myself—I’ve seen a lot. But in my entire career, I’ve never seen something as audacious as Understood.

People like me—professionals and experts—make our living by treating kids with learning and attention issues. But here’s the problem: The services we offer aren’t always available to every family, and typically not for free.

A lot of families who need help live in rural or more isolated parts of the country. Some have limited resources. Still others don’t even know where to start to get their kids appropriate treatment. That’s why expanding access to information and expertise to families has the potential to be revolutionary.

My colleagues and I are already talking about Understood. For those of us who have poured years of our blood, sweat and tears into helping families and kids, it’s a real milestone. Here’s the best information and expert advice available for every family, at no charge.

So here’s my request to you. Promise yourself to share Understood with someone else. Be really specific about who that someone is. Maybe it’s your brother or sister or someone in your family. Maybe it’s your friend from work whose child is struggling. Maybe it’s the special education director at your school.

Let’s get this resource out there and into the hands of families who need it.

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Edward Hallowell, M.D., Ed.D. (Honorary), is a child and adult psychiatrist, New York Times best-selling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD.

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