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October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

We all want nothing more than to be understood. But for some kids, that isn’t as easy as it seems. Learning and attention issues are much more common in children than most people realize. In fact, in the U.S., 1 in 5 children struggles with brain-based learning and attention issues that affect reading, writing, math, focus, and organization. While learning and attention issues may not be as visible as other health issues, they’re just as real.

understood-com-resourcesThat’s why we’re partnering with Understood.org on the #BeUnderstood campaign in support of Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month in October, and to raise awareness about kids with learning and attention issues.


It isn’t uncommon for parents to think that their children are just being lazy, need to work harder, or that they are in a phase that they will grow out of. Raising a child with learning and attention issues is a journey. And it’s one that’s full of ups and downs, successes and challenges, questions and decisions.

through-your-childs-eyesOnly 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. But 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.

Understood.org is a nonprofit organization that offers free online resources for parents of children with learning and attention issues (like ADHD or dyslexia). It’s a resource that all parents, even those who have children who are undiagnosed, need to know about. Understood.com will help parents understand what they’re seeing, understand what their child is experiencing, and understand what they can do to help their children.

The goal of #BeUnderstood is to generate awareness about learning and attention issues and encourage people who are seeing or experiencing signs of learning and attention issues to visit Understood.org, learn about these issues, and take that crucial first step in getting their kids the help they need to thrive in school, at home and in life.

Here’s How You Can Help

  • Share an inspiring story via a blog post, video or on social media about  yourself, a family member or friend who has a learning or attention issue
  • Help parents understand the warning signs of learning and attention issues by posting information from Understood’s experts that build awareness so parents and teachers seek help and support
  • Share this link https:/www.understood.org/ento Understood.org to raise awareness among parents and kids who need support and guidance
  • Use the hashtag #BeUnderstood on social media during the month of October to raise awareness about learning and attention issues

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Author: Armin Brott

Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men’s health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, mrdad.com. You can also connect via social media: Facebook.com/mrdad, @mrdad, pinterest.com/mrdad, linkedin.com/in/mrdad, plus.google.com/+mrdad.

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