Get resources and support for students with learning and thinking differences. Read tips and advice from trusted partners for parents/caregivers and teachers.

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Take N.O.T.E.

Are you wondering why your child is struggling? Use this step-by-step tool to help you figure out whether the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning or thinking difference.

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Supporting Students Receiving Special Education Services

Learn more about celebrating strengths, supporting SEL, and being proactive about setting up students for success.

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Printable Tools to Help Manage Your Child's IEP

Navigating your child's IEP can be tricky. These printable tools can help make the process easier.

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In It: A Podcast on Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

Listen to this podcast that explores the joys and frustrations of raising kids who learn and think differently.

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A Day in the Life of a Child with ADHD

Get a better understanding of how ADHD can affect a child with this "day in the life" walkthrough.

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Understanding Your Child's Trouble with Focus

Learn about trouble with focus and concentration, and how it can affect kids of all ages.

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Understanding Dyslexia in Your Child

This overview can answer many of your basic questions about dyslexia and lead you to more in-depth information.

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Lesson Planning with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Learn more about how UDL can help you design your lessons to meet the needs of all your students.

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Empathetic Sentence Starters for Teachers

Tools to help you respond to your students with empathy, especially if you are feeling stressed or frustrated.

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Retelling: An Evidence-Based Literacy Strategy

Use retelling routines to help students practice important comprehension skills.

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5 Reasons Students Aren't Engaging in Distance Learning

The top five reasons students may not be engaging in distance learning and tips for how teachers can address them.

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Teachers Reflect on Distance Learning

Hear from Understood Teacher Fellows about what they've learned during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supporting Students Receiving Special Education Services

Learn more about celebrating strengths, supporting SEL, and being proactive about setting up students for success.

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lesson planning

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Lesson Planning with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Learn more about how UDL can help you design your lessons to meet the needs of all your students.

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empathetic sentence starters

Article/Ebook

Empathetic Sentence Starters for Teachers

Tools to help you respond to your students with empathy, especially if you are feeling stressed or frustrated.

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retelling evidence based literacy

Article/Ebook

Retelling: An Evidence-Based Literacy Strategy

Use retelling routines to help students practice important comprehension skills.

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Tools, Games and Advice

Apps and devices that offer access, information, and inclusion to kids with learning differences, autism, vision and hearing loss, and more.

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Fostering a Growth Mindset

Work on building a growth mindset and resilience at home with these activity worksheets.

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Accessibility Settings on iOS and Android Devices

These options for mobile devices can help to better accommodate a child's individual sensory and attentional needs.

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How to Use Brain Breaks

At school, kids get breaks throughout the day. Find out how taking "brain breaks" can help your child stay focused and recharged for at-home learning and homework.

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Best Special Education Apps and Websites

A list of apps and websites that can support kids with special needs or learning and attention issues.

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non-engaging students

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5 Reasons Students Aren't Engaging in Distance Learning

The top five reasons students may not be engaging in distance learning and tips for how teachers can address them.

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teachers reflect on distance learning

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Teachers Reflect on Distance Learning

Hear from Understood Teacher Fellows about what they've learned during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Try These 5 Tips to Help Kids with Routines

Adjusting to a new routine can be difficult for kids, but these five tips can help.

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Tip Sheet for Supporting Students with Disabilities

A tip sheet based on guidance by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

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Making Learning Videos: Accessibility Tips

Get tips from an expert on making video and distance learning accessible to all students.

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Online Tasks: Accessibility Tips

Online assignments can create learning barriers for some students. Get tips from an expert on how to make online tasks accessible to all students.

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make your journey easier

Website/App

Take N.O.T.E.

Are you wondering why your child is struggling? Use this step-by-step tool to help you figure out whether the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning or thinking difference.

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helping manage IEP

Article/Ebook

Printable Tools to Help Manage Your Child's IEP

Navigating your child's IEP can be tricky. These printable tools can help make the process easier.

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raising kids who learn and think differently

Audio

In It: A Podcast on Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

Listen to this podcast that explores the joys and frustrations of raising kids who learn and think differently.

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understanding children with ADHD

Article/Ebook

A Day in the Life of a Child with ADHD

Get a better understanding of how ADHD can affect a child with this "day in the life" walkthrough.

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understanding children's trouble with focus

Article/Ebook

Understanding Your Child's Trouble with Focus

Learn about trouble with focus and concentration, and how it can affect kids of all ages.

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understanding dyslexia

Article/Ebook

Understanding Dyslexia in Your Child

This overview can answer many of your basic questions about dyslexia and lead you to more in-depth information.

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English-Language Learners

Information about learning and thinking differences in English-language learners.

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Talking to Kids About COVID-19

Some kids don't want to discuss COVID-19. Others can't stop talking about it, and some have trouble expressing their thoughts in general. Get tips for talking with your child.

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FAQs on IEPs & Distance Learning

What happens with kids' IEPs when schools move to distance learning? Get answers to common legal questions about special education.

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Coping Tip: Find an Online Village

It's more important than ever for families to have support. If you have a child who learns and thinks differently, connect with people who understand.

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Distance Learning Tips

Distance learning is new territory for many families. For kids who struggle in school, it can create extra challenges. Get tips to help your child learn at home.