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Little Rock, AR: 20% of kids have learning disorder; schools help with transition

Aug 11, 2017, Hola Arkansas: Understood.org makes heading back to school easier for families of students who struggle in the classroom http://hola-arkansas.com/hispanicprwirenews/understood-org-makes-heading-back-to-school-easier-for-families-of-students-who-struggle-in-the/ 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 parent with students of every age successfully manage back-to-school transitions. … 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. "Our First-Day Ready Guide offers parents and caregivers a personalized way to help their child start the school year on the right foot," said Kevin Hager, managing director of Understood.org. "It's important to keep in mind that all kids learn in different ways and at different paces. With the right support, kids with learning and attention issues can thrive in school and in life." 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.