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Meet the Moderator: Tina Andrews

The Inside Track blog post by The Understood Team
Oct 29, 2014

Tina Andrews

Our community offers you the chance to connect with parents facing the same issues as you. To ensure the community is a safe and respectful place, we have a team of 12 dedicated community moderators. In our Meet the Moderator Q&A series, you’ll meet every one of them!

Meet Tina Andrews, who co-moderates the Early Learners group.

Q: Tina, tell us about yourself.

A: Sure! Hi, I’m Tina. My husband and I have two beautiful children.

Our 14-year-old daughter is a completely fabulous, horse-loving, affectionate eighth grader. For the most part, she manages her issues with ADHD quite well. I’m constantly amazed at the depth of compassion, patience and love she shows to her little brother.

Our son, 8, is a loving, funny, smart, energetic little boy. His birth mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy. That prenatal alcohol exposure has made his brain forever different than that of a neurotypical person. He deals with sensory processing and integration issues, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and spoken language issues. Those differences bring both fearsome challenges and lovely gifts.

In my professional life, I’m a quality engineer. I’m also a passionate advocate for people affected by fetal alcohol syndrome disorders.

Q: Why did you decide to be a community moderator?

A: During this journey, I’ve met countless other parents who have kids with learning and attention issues. The support from those parents has been invaluable to me. I was really happy to be asked to be a community moderator because I want to make that support available to even more people.

Q: What will parents find in the community group that you moderate?

A: The Early Learners group is for parents of children from preschool to second grade. It’s a place to come and chat about issues affecting our kids. I know how scary it can be for parents who are at the beginning of this journey. My co-moderator Tracy and I will be there along with other members to help make the path less daunting.

Q: What’s your biggest hope for the community?

A: My biggest hope is that the community will become a place that celebrates our children in all their uniqueness. My hope, also, is that together we’ll become a force for change in our nation’s schools and communities. Through awareness, I want to move the world past “tolerance” or even “acceptance” to a real appreciation for and inclusion of all people with learning and attention issues.

I hope you’ll come join us in Early Learners and see what we can do together!

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