The Internet can be an amazing resource for finding out about everything from ancestry to zoology. As a parent of three children, I spent countless hours each month reading sites like “What to Expect When You Are Expecting,” and then checking their developmental growth on “Baby Center” only to be completely panic stricken when one of them did not reach their milestones when they were supposed to.
Likewise, for parents who are trying to get answers to help their child succeed in school and at home, the Internet can be an overwhelming and scary place. Even the savviest of parents are confused, and they often find themselves wading through an abyss of conflicting reports on the exact same topic.
Bookshare, an initiative of Benetech Global Literacy, and 14 other nonprofits have come together to create Understood.org, a new website for parents of children with learning and attention issues. Developed by parents, experts, and people with their own learning and attention issues, Understood.org brings together all of the information parents need to support their children at home and school.
With Understood.org, you can connect with other parents on the same journey through a secure online community. You can ask questions from a variety of experts and get advice on how to deal with challenging behaviors. You can participate in daily chats and webinars and get personalized information that is most relevant to you. You can even experience what it is like for your child, who may have trouble with reading, math, organization, or attention, through the online simulation tool “Through My Child’s Eyes.” And all of this is free!
So if you are struggling with finding reliable information and support on the Internet, check out Understood.org today!
This blog post written by Lisa Wadors Verne. Lisa has her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a former special education teacher.
Lisa is the Educational Manager for the Bookshare Parent Ambassador Program and has three children.