I’m reaching out on behalf of the Ad Council and Understood.org with tips and resources to help you and your kids prepare for success next fall.

Did your child struggle during the school year? Did your child have trouble paying attention, having conversations or finishing projects? Is reading, writing or math a struggle? These behaviors and challenges may be due to an undiagnosed learning or attention issue. And you aren’t alone.

One in five children struggles with issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, and organization, yet many children with learning and attention issues do not have a diagnosis. The adults in their lives often have a hard time understanding their issues due to misconceptions and a lack of information and resources. As a result, children with learning and attention issues often face both academic and social challenges, such as:

Only 68% of students with learning issues graduate with a regular high school diploma.
55% of students with learning and attention issues have had some type of involvement with the criminal justice system within eight years of leaving high school.

Contrary to what many people believe, there is no correlation between learning and attention issues and IQ. With the right strategies and support, these children can succeed in the classroom—and outside of it too.

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That’s why I’m reaching out to you on behalf of the Ad Council and Understood.org, a free, one-stop, easy-to-use online resource and community designed to help parents of children with learning and attention issues.

Understood offers resources and support to parents at all stages of this journey – those who don’t yet know why their child is struggling, as well as to those who have been on this journey for years. Summer can be especially challenging for kids with learning and attention issues because of the change in routine, new social situations, and unusual environments. That’s why resources like Understood.org can be so helpful – for example helping kids tackle the unique challenges of Events and Outings or creating new routines in your daily summer activities can be the difference between surviving or thriving this summer!
Visit Understood.org to experience “Through Your Child’s Eyes,” a series of interactive simulations and videos that enable parents to experience firsthand how seemingly simple tasks become complicated when seen through the eyes of a child with reading, writing, math, organization or attention issues.
The You & Your Family section helps families with practical solutions and advice for social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Having the gift of extra time with your child over the summer means the opportunity to prepare them for the coming school year, as well as engaging in fun family activities.

Communication is key to working with children with attention issues. Check out this video to help you understand the frustration children might experience in school when struggling to communicate:

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