August 11, 2017
Understood.org makes heading back to school easier for families of students who struggle in the classroom
The guide offers customized tips based on three key questions such as a student's grade or academic struggles. Practical resources include teacher introduction letters, backpack checklists and suggestions for how to create a dedicated homework station, among many others.
The beginning of a new school year can be challenging for all children, but it is an especially difficult time for families with children who struggle with reading and writing, math, focus and organization. One in five children in the U.S. have learning and attention issues, like ADHD and dyslexia, and many never receive a formal diagnosis. Children with these types of challenges can feel especially stressed during the back-to-school season as they face new subjects, teachers, friends and schools.
"Our First-Day Ready Guide offers parents and caregivers a personalized way to help their child start the school year on the right foot," said Kevin Hager, managing director of Understood.org. "It's important to keep in mind that all kids learn in different ways and at different paces. With the right support, kids with learning and attention issues can thrive in school and in life."
Without proper awareness and support, students with learning and attention issues struggle. According to a recent report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, students with specific learning disabilities are 31 percent more likely to experience high levels of bullying, more than twice as likely to be suspended, and drop out of school at three times the rate of children without these challenges.*
* National Center for Learning Disabilities ? 2017 The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5 report
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