Helpful Information and Resources
The web is saturated with information, but not all information found on the web is accurate or up-to-date. Here, I will provide resources on topics related to learning and attention problems from reputable sources that are based on current scientific research.
"Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.”
What is ADHD?
"Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 11 percent of school-age children. Symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of cases. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity."
Common Signs of Learning Disabilities
" A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In simple terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a person's brain is "wired." Children with learning disabilities are as smart or smarter than their peers. But they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information ....Fifteen percent of the U.S. population, or one in seven Americans, has some type of learning disability, according to the National Institutes of Health."
Math Skills: What to look for
"Your baby begins learning math the moment she starts exploring the world. Each skill—from identifying shapes to counting to finding patterns—builds on what she already knows. Here’s how math skills typically develop at different ages."
Positive Parenting Tips
"As a parent you give your children a good start in life—you nurture, protect and guide them. Parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence. As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to help your child. These links will help you learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life."
Collaborative Problem Solving
Parenting can be a monumentally difficult task, especially in the face of challenging behavior. Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is an incredible tool for your parenting toolbox that works in the face of the most difficult of behaviors. This link offers a variety of resources to learn about CPS.
Mental Health Resource for Children & Teens
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. This website offers information and resources on a range of topics that is based on current research and the highest standards of care.
Babies and Toddlers
During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. ZERO TO THREE offers information and resources on parenting during the early years based on the best available current research.
Approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In early adulthood, ADHD may be associated with depression, mood or conduct disorders and substance abuse.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to creating an inclusive world for all individuals with autism throughout their lifespan. They do this through advocacy, services, supports, research and innovation, and advances in care for autistic individuals and their families.