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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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specific learning disability:

A disorder—unrelated to intelligence, motivation, effort, or other known causes of low achievement—that makes a child struggle in certain areas of learning, such as reading, writing or doing math. Sometimes referred to as SLD.

executive functioning issues:

Difficulty organizing oneself to accomplish tasks. Kids with these issues often have trouble planning ahead, prioritizing, self-correcting, starting activities and shifting from one task to another. Sometimes referred to as executive functioning disorder.