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Blog:  The Inside Track

How to #BeUnderstood Throughout Your Child’s Journey

The Inside Track blog post by The Understood Team
Oct 03, 2016

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Raising a child with learning and attention issues is a journey, where new questions and challenges come up at different times. This October, as we celebrate LD, ADHD and Dyslexia Awareness Months, we want all parents to know we’re here to help you and your child #BeUnderstood—no matter where you are on your unique path.

Getting your child the help he needs starts with understanding his challenges and the types of support available. Here are some steps you can take at key points in your journey. The more you understand, the more you can help your child #BeUnderstood.

Concerned About Learning and Attention Issues?

You see your child struggling with certain skills, or not behaving like his peers. How do you begin to find out what’s happening?

  1. Understand how your child may see his struggles differently than you see them.
  2. See firsthand what your child experiences.
  3. Discover steps you can take to start getting answers.

Considering an Evaluation for Your Child?

Getting your child evaluated is the only way to know exactly where his difficulties lie. But how do you go about it?

  1. Find out what to do before requesting an evaluation.
  2. Weigh the pros and cons of private vs. school evaluations.
  3. Learn the steps for requesting a school evaluation or a private evaluation.

Your Child Was Just Diagnosed. Now What?

Once you understand what’s causing your child’s struggles, where do you go from there?

  1. Get next steps based on your child’s specific learning and attention issues.
  2. Read about conversation starters you can use with your child’s teachers to keep the lines of communication open.
  3. Keep exploring Understood to find more ways to help your child thrive in school and in life. Learning about classroom accommodations, assistive technology and how to help your child be a self-advocate are great starting points.

No matter where you are on your journey, you can connect with parents who’ve been there in our online community and on Facebook. They can share tips, strategies and experiences that can make your journey easier. They can also be a sounding board or source of encouragement.

Getting insight from an expert can also help you get answers and gain confidence. Check out our calendar of online expert events. Every day you can chat directly with some of the top experts in the learning and attention issues field.

Want to help more parents #BeUnderstood? Share this post with friends and family who need information and support.

About the Blogger

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The Understood Team is composed of writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.

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