The beginning of a new school year can be challenging for all children, but it is an especially difficult time for families with children who struggle with reading and writing, math, focus and organization. One in five children in the U.S. have learning and attention issues, like ADHD and dyslexia, and many never receive a formal diagnosis.
Children with these types of challenges can feel especially stressed during the back-to-school season as they face new subjects, teachers, friends and schools.
The Ad Council and Understood.org have joined together to promote ways children and their families can be “First-Day Ready” for the new school year. Understood.org is offering a free First-Day Ready Guide to help parents—with students of every age—successfully manage back-to-school transitions.
The guide offers customized tips based on three key questions such as a student’s grade or academic struggles. Practical resources include teacher introduction letters, backpack checklists and suggestions for how to create a dedicated homework station, among many others.
Without proper awareness and support, students with learning and attention issues struggle. According to a recent report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, students with specific learning disabilities are 31 percent more likely to experience high levels of bullying, more than twice as likely to be suspended, and drop out of school at three times the rate of children without these challenges.*
Watch “Back to School” Tips for Parents from Kids in this video by Understood.org: