Learning-Related Resources

WEBSITES

Understood for Learning and Thinking Differences

Treasure trove of content on a wide range of topics, including dyslexia.  Articles are written in clear, simple language, with embedded supplementary information.  Understood also produces original videos, fact sheets and infographics.  They recently launched a community app, Wunder.

 

Children’s Health Council

South Bay-based organization that provides clinical services for ADHD, learning differences, anxiety, depression and autism, using a multi-disciplinary team model.  CHC runs a school for students with dyslexia, as well as a therapeutic day school.  The site offers extensive community resources including podcasts, webinars, expert blog, online resource library, support groups and collaboratives.

 

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

Comprehensive site with portals for parents, educators, adults, professionals and students.  LDA offers "cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources."

LD Resources Foundation Action (LDRFA)

Site includes excellent resources on Assistive Technology and active blog.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

DC-based nonprofit “working to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues.”  NCLD conducts research—primarily around policy issues impacting our community—and publishes briefs, reports, recommendations and analyses.  Excellent resource to “learn the law,” understand the issues, and stay abreast on legislation.

EdSource

Timely reporting on education issues in California, including coverage on literacy initiatives, policy issues, data on schools and districts, comprehensive reports, annual symposium, and surveys.  They believe "an informed, involved public is necessary to strengthen California’s schools for the benefit of the state’s children, its civic life and its economy." 

Nessy: Dyscalculia and Number Sense

Link to colorful page with easy-to-understand definitions, causes, treatment, links to research articles and two-minute video explaining the "whole to part" approach to number sense

ADDitude Magazine

Comprehensive resource for teachers, parents and professionals; includes basic information, relevant articles and research, webinars, newsletters, discussion forum, magazine, podcast.

Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)

Organization committed to serve as a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, provide support, and advocate for policies.  Site includes extensive downloadable fact sheets; well-organized topic pages; podcasts; online communities; parent training courses; searchable library catalog for books, articles and other resources.

Dr. Sharon Saline

Clinical psychologist specializing in ADHD, but her blog articles and resources are relevant to parents of all neurodiverse children

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS)

Description and resources related to CPS, an evidence-based psychosocial model developed by Dr. Ross Greene. His nonprofit organization, Lives in the Balance, offers a walking tour”  for parents and educators.  The Paperwork section is packed with tools. 

 

Order Out of Chaos

Academic and Parent Coach Leslie Josel offers articles, videos, podcasts, printables and worksheets (with sign-up), Facebook groups and information about her books

Jeff Copper: digcoaching.com 

Attention Coach Jeff Copper offers extensive articles, blog posts, links to resources, podcast and video channel, newsletter, and coaching services.

Seth Perler: What is executive functioning (in plain English) 

Short introductory video, definition, areas impacted, aspects of executive function, damaging misconceptions, ways to help (or not), checklist and further resources.  Additional PDF downloads and quiz available through free sign-up.


 

BOOKS

Smart But Scattered

Series of books written by prominent researchers of executive function, Pam Dawson and Richard Guare 

 

Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities by Daniel Franklin, PhD

“Based in cutting-edge research in neuroscience, education, and the principles of attachment-based teaching, this important guide for parents offers tools and practices to help children transcend language-based learning difficulties, do better in school, and gain self-confidence and self-esteem.”

Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up

Drs. Ellen Braaten and Brian Willoughby demystify processing speed and show how to help kids catch up by using practical tools and strategies for efficient daily routines, enlisting support at school and utilizing evaluation professionals.

 

VIDEOS

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child: A Guide to Executive Function

A self-paced, seven-part course that includes videos, handouts, infographics and short articles to explain the development of executive function and self-regulation in children and adults

Matrix Parent Network YouTube Channel

Features videos of trainings and presentations on a variety of special needs topics

How to ADHD Youtube channel

Jessica McCabe posts videos with “tips, tricks and insights into the ADHD brain.”

Video from Understood.org: What is ADD/ADHD?

“Here’s everything you need to know about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. Thomas E. Brown, PhD, discusses ADHD diagnosis, ADHD symptoms, available ADHD treatment options and ADHD medication.”

PODCASTS

ARTICLES AND HANDOUTS

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Executive function fact sheet

Basic definition and bulleted lists of abilities affected by EF with compensatory strategies

National Center for Learning Disabilities: What is executive function?

Deeper explanation of executive function through use of narratives and humor; includes list of EF abilities with illustrations from the narrative 

Search Institute: Strengthening Executive Function

Well-researched article on the development and importance of EF; includes the SOAR approach to supporting EF in children

Association of Educational Therapists: Tips for parents 

10 related blog posts with practical ideas to support your child’s executive functioning skills

CHADD: About ADHD

PDF pamphlet with basic information