Understood.org Website Review for ADD
When children struggle to focus and make good decisions, how frustrating is it? If you have never had the struggle yourself, the website Understood.org wants you to acquire that knowledge. In addition to excellent resources to help those with learning difficulties and attentional problems, this website has a simulator to help folks understand a bit of the frustration that kids feel when they have to struggle with attending to schoolwork.
When a person looks for learning resources, it is sometimes difficult to sort the good info from the quackery. What is good information? Is this research-based, or is it just fad information? What really works? Which information is hyped, but useless? Understood.org is a website for learning and attention issues, and it is brought to us by fifteen non-profit agencies with direction from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The Professional Advisory Board and Parent Advisory Council give direction to Understood.org.
This review will deal with just the attention section of the website. When a person inputs the phrase "Attention Deficit Disorder"(do not use the quotes) into the Understood.org search box, it returns 1481 hits as of July in 2017. There are infographics, deep dives, articles, blogs, tip lists, charts, checklists, slideshows, expert Q & A, videos, explicit step-by-step instructions, resources, and resource downloads. There is also that helpful attention and learning simulator. I'll include a link in the resources section. It is a dandy tool for building adult and child empathy for struggling students.
Here is a list of resources that might interest you. There are thousands more on this site for struggling students and the families who love them!
*At a Glance: Learning and Attention Issues That Can Cause Everyday Communication Problems-infographic
*5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Child’s Focus-slideshow
*Possible Causes of ADHD-slideshow
*ADHD: What You’re Seeing about behavior-resource
*What’s the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?-expert Q & A
*5 Common Myths About ADHD-slideshow
*Understanding ADHD-deep dive
*ADHD Success Stories-resource
*ADHD Research Roundup-blog
*A Timeline of Learning and Attention Issues-infographic
*ADHD: Your Questions Answered-resource
*Types of Doctors Who Help Kids With Learning and Attention Issues-article
*The Truth About Learning and Attention Issues and Substance Abuse-article
*5 Things Not to Say to Your Child About ADHD-tips
*ADHD Explained: A 28-Minute Primer-video
*ADHD: Strategies You Can Try at Home-resource
*ADHD: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler- infographic
* How I Owned It: 3 College Application Essays About Learning and Attention Issues-blog
*Understanding Executive Functioning Issues-deep dive
*Video: How the Gift of Dance Transformed a 12-Year-Old Boy With ADHD-video
Here are a couple of ideas for folks working or living with kids who have attention and organizational challenges. There are insights that a person can gain using a difficulty simulator and listening to kids discuss their challenges. Go to the "Your Parent Toolkit" button and click it. Then, go to "Through Your Child's Eyes." The website asks you to tailor the simulation and "Experience It." You also have the option of doing any of the simulations that you want to do. Children's personal stories about the challenges that they have faced are also here. You'll recognize their struggles through comparing the stories that you have seen firsthand.
This site is very parent friendly. You can customize your experience. Building a profile is not difficult. You can sign up with a Facebook account or using an email. I chose the email option. Choose a username and a password. They will ask you questions about your child, so that the information will be most relevant. You can also sign up for emails and parenting groups. There is a section for Parenting Coach where you can input a difficulty that the child is having and their grade level. Then, the parent gets a smorgasbord of possible solutions and ways to implement them.
This website is easy to search using the search box. There are not a bunch of broken links. Each article has "takeaways" at the bottom of the article. These are the most important points that were presented. Each page asks if it was helpful. Near the helpful buttons is a place to leave comments. This is in the upper right hand corner. I like the fact that the website considers learning and attentional difficulties together. Often they are inextricably linked. One problem for me with my own Attention Deficit Disorder was how much information is presented in this website. It is HUGE! Working my way through and finding resources that I had enjoyed before was sometimes a problem. Bookmark! Let me know if you find a resource that you want me to explain more fully or to review.
Understood.org Website Home Page
What is it like to have ADHD and what are the treatment options?
Understood.org Your Parent Toolkit-Simulations & Personal Stories
Here is a great book about Attention Deficit Disorder.
Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
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