I have been involved with Smart Kids for 11 years. I joined when my then 7 year old son was struggling so badly in school that he would physically shake with anxiety, was unable to focus at all in school, was incapable of making friends. Because of the support I found in this organization, plus the invaluable and practical information it provided to me, my son is now attending a well-respected college and receiving straight A's! Smart Kids told me he could get there and without their support, I am not sure he would. Thank you Smart Kids!
Volunteering for this organization has been very empowering in helping me realize that my son will be successful. I joined Smart Kids as a volunteer over 7 years ago when I thought my world was ending and my child was failing, and this organization buoyed me, supported me, educated me, and helped me to give my child the assistance he needed to be successful. Smart Kids is a community of parents willing to lend a shoulder or a hand, with tons of information on the website, newsletter, and through local programs to motivate parents to push schools to get support. Most importantly, it helps parents to believe in their children, which is the key factor to a child's success. My son is achieving A's and B's in High School, and I am sure its because Smart Kids helped me around the hurdles that were preventing his success.
As a parent of a child with ADHD, the amount of information available can be both overwhelming and lacking. Both the SKLD newsletters and website cut through the clutter and deliver high-quality and practical information that makes dealing with learning challenges a little bit easier.
I have found this organization to be so helpful as I have navigated life with two ADHD boys. Their articles are insightful and timely and their advice is practical. I highly recommend them to everyone I know who also has smart kids who struggle because of ADHD.
This is an awesome organization! I first saw their newsletter in a speech therapist office waiting room...Yes it was a paper copy then. I was amazed at how the articles were talking about MY son! I really thought no other child has his issues...what's wrong with my son. But here in black and white this newsletter was talking about the same issues my son struggled with. Each month when I got the newsletter in the mail I would drop what I was doing and read it front to back. It was a life saving resource and I do mean this literally! It changed my entire outlook and armed me with so many valuable resources. I can't say enough about them. Joanna Kline (son Jesse Kline was the 2007 Smart Kid Award Winner).
I have gotten a lot of useful information from the emails that are sent that include links to resources that I have used and have made a difference.
This organization has posted many articles that have helped me become more informed on being the best advocate I can be to help my child with learning disabilities and ADHD. Thank you.
My 8yr old son was diagnosed with non-verbal learning disorder earlier this year, and I was desperate to find any and all resources I could to learn more about how his brain works, how to communicate with others about NLD, and most importantly, how to help him. Smart Kids has been a wonderful resource for our family and his school, and one of the only resources I've found with targeted information about NLD. I have passed this website on to family members, other parents, and educators. Thank you for this comprehensive resource!
I teach technology and Engineering in middle school. I do not remember how long I have subscribed to SKWLD but it has been an invaluable tool to me and my student/parents. The information and research, have led me to many solutions in the classroom for my struggling students as well as my accomplished. One blog and e-news I will keep for years to come.
As I teacher, I need as much knowledge and information as I can get my hands on. I can always depend on quality and thought provoking content in Smart Kids with LD. It is a must read for me every time I receive it. My students and parents benefit from the articles as well.
Where do you go in a world of typical learners? This website has been a source of educational material as well as a location to read stories to know we are not alone on this atypical academic road. Start as early as you can and learn as much as you can so you can carry your "learning differenced " child to college and beyond
I love receiving the email newsletters from Smart Kids! I read it every time I get them and I share the information with my family and teachers. I have a son who has multiple learning disabilities and was diagnosed of ADHD at the age of 4. Since he started elementary school, he was also diagnosed with emotional disability, speech/language delay, sensory disability, and executive functioning disability.
When I first learned about my son’s diagnosis of ADHD, it was very overwhelming. I had no idea the magnitude of how ADHD and other learning disabilities can affect one’s life. I imagined that no matter how much I read about it and talked to teachers and parents who have gone through the same challenges, that there would be an easy fix. My son is now 7 years old and we are still continuing to see these challenges. It’s a lot better now than where we first started. Thanks to the support of Smart kids, family and friends, and teachers in our community.
Smart kids has been a huge impact on my life as I read the newsletters and visit the website often searching for answers and clarification. The information on the website is empowering and gives me hope that my son can excel in school and in life with his multiple disabilities. I’m not alone in this journey. I’m just one of many parents who have daily challenges. The website is a wonderful, smart, genius non-profit hub that I will continue to support as new information is always presented from a professional, educational, clinical, and research background that I respect.
I have taken so many notes from Smart kids and I appreciate very much what a great job you are all doing. Keep up the great work!