App connects dad and mom with different caregivers and specialists in order that they really feel much less alone and extra empowered to navigate challenges and alternatives associated to neurodiversity
NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Understood.org — the useful resource for the 70 million folks in the US with studying and considering variations like ADHD and dyslexia — as we speak publicizes the general public launch of Wunder by Understood®: a free, first-of-its-kind neighborhood app designed for folks elevating youngsters with studying and considering variations. Wunder is a protected place for folks to attach with one another, interact with specialists, and discover assets to assist them really feel extra supported and assured as they navigate studying and considering variations with their kids.
For a lot of dad and mom of neurodivergent kids, it may be tough to search out assets and begin conversations with their little one, household, lecturers, and neighborhood about studying and considering variations. Stigmas and different folks’s misconceptions are additionally a barrier to help. In reality, Understood.org’s Neurodiversity and Stigma Examine discovered that greater than 50% of oldsters with neurodivergent kids are afraid to inform others about their kid’s distinction due to related biases. With out an outlet to debate these challenges and search recommendation, dad and mom can really feel alone and unsure, usually leaving kids with out the help they want.
“On prime of the stigmas and loneliness that many neurodivergent youngsters and oldsters expertise, they’re additionally going through ever-changing college routines, overwhelming information headlines, psychological well being challenges, and past,” mentioned Jenny Wu, co-president and chief product officer at Understood.org. “Making a protected place the place dad and mom and caregivers can join, ask questions, and search reassurance has by no means been extra vital. Wunder will convey this neighborhood collectively in a means that is by no means been potential earlier than — to assist households anticipate and navigate the obstacles and alternatives that include neurodivergence, and to assist their kids thrive.”
To provide dad and mom and caregivers probably the most customized and accessible expertise potential, Wunder’s key options embrace:
- Matter-based and native teams: Wunder neighborhood members can be part of quite a lot of lively teams to attach in a judgment-free area. Group subjects embrace ADHD, dyslexia, parenting tweens and youths, managing feelings, college companies, and extra. Members may be part of non-public teams based mostly on their location or on organizations they’re concerned in, permitting them to have conversations and share assets associated to their particular pursuits or wants. For instance, there are native teams for New York Metropolis, Los Angeles / Orange County, and Chicago, the place members can share data associated to native college districts and referrals.
- Entry to specialists: Wunder neighborhood members can search recommendation from specialists in fields associated to studying and considering variations, psychological well being, and extra. Understood.org specialists on Wunder embrace Dr. Ellen Braaten, govt director of the Studying and Emotional Evaluation Program at Massachusetts Normal Hospital; Dr. Kristin J. Carothers, scientific psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Morehouse College of Medication; and Dr. Jerome Schultz, scientific neuropsychologist and lecturer within the Harvard Medical College Division of Youngster Psychiatry; amongst others.
- Useful resource library: Wunder neighborhood members can entry a library of a whole bunch of assets, together with articles, actions, podcasts, dialog starters, and printable trackers.
Whereas it may be exhausting for folks to speak brazenly about their youngsters’ challenges, Wunder is a protected area designed particularly for folks of children with studying and considering variations. Mother and father can interact as a lot or as little as they need. To guard their id, solely their first identify and final preliminary will likely be displayed. Moreover, all members of the Wunder neighborhood conform to pointers about being supportive and courteous, and neighborhood managers monitor the teams to make sure that dialogue stays cordial and supportive.
Since Wunder’s beta testing started, 1000’s of oldsters and caregivers of various ages, ethnicities, and places have begun to kind the Wunder neighborhood and focus on subjects together with ADHD; challenges with studying, writing, and math; homework; the ins and outs of particular schooling; and extra.
Wunder is out there for iOS customers in the US. For extra details about Wunder, go to https://www.understood.org/wunder/en, or obtain immediately from the App Retailer. For extra details about Understood.org, go to u.org and https://mediacenter.understood.org/.
Understood.org is the useful resource that helps the 70 million folks in the US with studying and considering variations anticipate the challenges, obstacles, or alternatives in life and confidently attain their potential. Our mission is to form a world for distinction in order that individuals who study and assume in another way can thrive. We need to construct a extra equitable world the place neurodiversity is championed and celebrated, and everybody may be uniquely understood. Understood.org is a 501(c)(3) group headquartered in New York. For extra data, to donate, or to accomplice, go to u.org/media and comply with us @UnderstoodOrg.