Listening to the professional psychiatrists and psychologist at Smart Kids with LD's presentations supplied me with new information on topics that I never knew. I believe this information could help parents address issues for their children with more facts.
My daughter has dyslexia and dysgraphia. She struggled in school. I am very thankful for the resources I obtained through Smart Kids, the presentations I attended especially as she prepared to go to college. It was wonderful to hear success stories and the experiences of other parents. My daughter is thriving in her job and although math and reading don’t come easy, she uses many learning strategies to help her success.
Thank you so much for your comments! They are much appreciated!
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities provides up-to-date information to families about Learning Disabilities. They have an excellent website which contains many informative articles written by well-known experts. They also send out a free newsletter to subscribers. This site is especially helpful for families who are looking for more information after their child is diagnosed with a Learning Disability.
Thank you, Laura! Many thanks also for your great support as a volunteer.
Smart Kids with LD is the only organization of its kind in our area. It is an invaluable resource in our community for information for parents and children about how to navigate the IEP process, get cutting-edge info on ADHD and dyslexia and access specialists in our area. The organization raises awareness about learning disabilities and has proved to be a place I can go to in order to better understand my own daughter with dyslexia and get her the best help possible.
Your wonderful comments are much appreciated. Thank you!
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is driving a great initiative to help kids and parents in need. Team is very motivated to the mission to help the community. Smart kids' relentless effort to overcome all the challenges including the latest one, Covid, is really commanding.
Thanks so much!
SmartKids offer an opportunity for every parent and educator to learn more about kids with learning differences. There is a mound of information on the website as well as local regular programming and events. I found SmartKids many years ago when going through the IEP process with my daughter and getting frustrated with the system and the jargon. All of the resources that I found through their website and their Executive Director were extremely helpful.
I'm so glad we were able to be helpful. Thanks also for all the help you've provided to Smart Kids!
A very helpful resource and a great team of support!
Thank you, Heather!
This is a fabulous nonprofit. I am a professional in the field - a teacher first, and then an educational consultant working with LD students. Additionally, I was a volunteer and am currently on the professional advisory board. This organization informs and educates parents hungry for ways to understand their children's learning profile through an online presence and through workshops, lectures, informal chats, and answering questions directly through the website and privately. It honors and supports LD students who have shown their exceptional abilities at the Annual Gala. It works to educate parents with experts in the field. All of the above is done with expertise and empathy and parents are grateful when they discover this amazing resource. As am I.
Audrey, I am grateful for your wonderful comments--and as always, for your help. Many thanks!
Warm, intelligent advice for parents, most resources are online so really easy to access and super easy to understand. The in person programs have been so helpful - I meet parents, educators, and school administrators at them. The annual Walk really unites the local community in a beautiful way. I became involved after receiving incredible help as a parent of a smart kid with learning disabilities.
Thanks for your lovely comments. They make wonderful reading!
This organization is such a support system - free!!!! - for parents and children navigating the educational system and addressing the needs to overcome learning issues.
When I was told my 7 year old would never read, I spent 5 years fighting and making sure the public schools in Westport, Ct. were addressing her specific needs and TEACHING HER TO READ.
I was fortunate the I had the time and was not afraid to confront and disagree with the established system.
I was alone.
My 35 year old daughter has 3 college degrees: physics, engineering and an MBA; she has an executive job AND does not have tapes in her head telling her she is dumb.
What SMARTKIDS W/LD does is give parents the tools to make the system work for them; what they are legally ENTITLED to from the system. and it is always a 2 prong approach: you will get the assistance you need and you are smart! You will achieve! We are proud of you!
I am thrilled that Jane Ross invented a non-profit the gives this gift to our community that I struggled alone to invent and implement.
I could not pass on my hard learned information - diagnosed with ADD when I was 47 ( scant executive skills )in the middle of helping my dyslexic kid - but very happy to volunteer with this organization that could pass on lessons learned.
What SMARTKIDS W/LD achieves on a small budget, the breath of it's reach, the lives it changes is truly astonishing. I cannot imagine many nonprofits are so measurably successful.
Many thanks, Stephanie, as always!
This organization offers so many free resources for families from amazing experts.
Thanks so much, Laura. You're a great asset to parents, and to Smart Kids!
Smart Kids is an amazing organization that has provided support for me as a parent as well as provided guidance and resources to help my family navigate the world of special education!
Thanks for your lovely comment, Julie. You are such a wonderful resource to so many parents, as well!
I was introduced to this organization through a friend whose son was having trouble in school and who thought highly of Jane's work. There is no doubt that these angels in SMART KIDS
are doing the entire world a huge favor, All children must be met and taught at the level they are at and not forced to be something they are not. Smart Kids gets that and many have gone on to do great things, to success in their own eyes, as well as the world's eyes. All because this group exists. More power to them and more help and understanding from the world at large, please.
Thank you for your lovely, intelligent comments, Suzanne!
Fantastic organization. Runs invaluable programs to help children with learning differences succeed by educating and empowering their families. Also runs the Youth Achievement Awards to recognize young people who have overcome challenges and achieved success, in order to inspire others to believe in themselves.
Great! Many thanks, Jim.
Extremely helpful resources for families with children with learning differences and/or ADHD. They do a wonderful job with their Newsletter and programs. And it's all free!
Thanks so much for your kind words! They are much appreciated.
Smart Kids provides an amazing amount of free support despite having limited resources. They provide a critical link to needed information for parents of children with learning challenges. They also provide great motivation by highlighting the successes and strengths of so many kids with learning disabilities. Love this organization!
Love your comments, Chris, and your wonderful work with this community and as our Board chair.
It is amazing to watch the work of people in an organization who live their work. I admire this organization for working in the sheer heart of their mission minus ostentation. I attended a Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities gala a year I did not know a soul in the organization and let feeling like I was among friends. The board members were present; however, they did not impress their "status" upon me. Rather, they were sincerely grateful for all in attendance. Moreover, the success stories I heard that evening were real and traceable, not at all bloviated. Jane Ross and team put together the most informative author visits. I am a fan of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities enough to open my wallet, something not taken lightly by a frugal person.
Smart Kids has help my daughter with resources and strategies that helped her to be successful. Thanks for all that you do!!
Working with this organization has been a joy for both me and my daughter. We meet many families with stories like ours. We get much more than we give!
This group has been a game changer for me and my family. The first sponsored seminar I went to by SKLD, was incredibly validating, moving and informative. I continue to learn, grow and be able to get my child more suitable help, because of the resources and information given at these speaking engagements held by the group.
I am looking forward to the support group they are starting up soon. It will be a great addition to the tremendous amount of resources they already share.
As a special education teacher at a local high school, I can't say enough good things about having this resource at my fingertips! I share many stories and especially video's of kids with disabilities to my students. They can relate and it opens up many interesting discussions.
I also use and forward other resources the website provides; articles of interest for both teachers and parents. Highly recommended!
I am a parent of a child with ADHD and and occupational therapist that works with children with a variety of disabilities /Challenges.
Smart kids has helped me in many ways. It has helped me understand areas of development, transition and growth for children with learning disabilities. I have told all my friends about this wonderful website and all the amazing information that they share. I visit the website often and refer to it often in conversation with parents and peers.
As the mom of 2 boys with LDs I find the articles, insights and resources to be so incredibly helpful. Most importantly I know I’m not alone and there’s a community working to help our children.
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is a tremendous resource for our family. Each of our children has various needs so we read all of the articles. It covers a broad range of topics in a way that is easy to understand and give us ideas to implement. I would highly recommend this nonprofit.
I am beyond impressed with SmartKids. Every seminar I have attended has been transformational in our journey, accelerating our learning curve and helping us get the support and understanding we need. Jane Ross and her team have incredible access to the top people in the field, who generously share their knowledge to help us find our way. With so many school systems unable to cope with and/or in denial of learning differences, we parents are left on our own to figure out why our children are not blossoming in the structures of traditional education. Smart Kids has given me the tools to advocate for my child’s right to access their education and to honor their super powers and open the doors to their growth in their areas of strength. There is no better gift.
Wonderful resource on sending me information that can help me become more knowledgeable as an advocate and parent to my child.
A great reference and so wonderful to be on this journey with our bright children with learning disabilities with other parents who care so much.
Smart Kids changed everything for us. Resources, events, community, support and hope. We are extremely grateful for all Jane and team's hard work.
My daughter had a stroke two days after she gave birth to my grandson. His development was a bit delayed but it was obvious even in preschool that he was very bright. We had him evaluated by several different programs, but we were still not able to get him much help for his dysgraphia and ADHD. Your nonprofit newsletter was a voice In the wilderness for us as we continue to advocate for his needs. Thank you and keep up the good work you do.!
As a parent of a son w/ dyslexia and add, I was glad to be introduced to smart kids by a friend and am now on their board. The SKLD web site and articles are so informative. I have referred many other friends to the web site and they often say how grateful they are and how helpful the site is.
As a tutor of children with dyslexia, I make sure that my students' parents know about Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities--I send them the link as soon as I start working with their child. It is an invaluable resource for my families!
Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities provides a website with information that is potent and almost indispensable for about 15% - 20% of parents if they hope to raise a successful child. This information is invaluable for parents raising a child with ADHD, dyslexia, or any of several other learning disabilities. The incidence of ADHD is about 10% of the population, and dyslexia has a similar incidence. Unfortunately, schools are designed appropriately for about 50% - 60% of the population, leaving the other children and their parents unsuccessful. The Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities website fills the gap by providing much needed information to parents of kids who as otherwise neglected by schools.
I am a learning disabilities consultant for an urban public school district. The Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities sites has helped me and the parents as well as the students that I service tremendously. I love the periodic newsletters I receive in my email letting me know of success stories, new programs/tools/strategies and new emerging research and/or reads. My parents, teachers and students have benefited greatly from the many strategies and new information I have gained from the site that I have turnkey for them. I highly recommend this site for anyone interested in learning about the disabilities covered under IDEA and strategies/recommendations to use when working with students/children with exceptional needs.
Not only do they publish an excellent newsletter that informs and inspires, but their free lectures are the best I've ever intended and provide information not readily available elsewhere. In this day and age, when the cuts to special education keep going deeper, this organization is needed now more than ever.
I think they are doing a great job at bringing different resources and speakers tone special education population-
It has been a fantastic resource
Smart kids has made the difference in supporting programs with experts in the field who are objective and willing to go the extra mile. Their newsletters are very informative and they even host leadership conferences. Truly dedicated staff. Highly recommended.
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.
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!
Our son was basically left on our own resources by his school after a farce of a PPT meeting. I was intoduced by accident to SKLD at a presentation at my library. I was introduced to a myriad of resources that I only wished I had known of 5 years earlier! Through them, we found a means to have him tested and then a therapist. We also found out how approach then school after endless road locks were thrown in our path.
Smart kids is a wonderful organization that was started to empower parents of children with different learning styles . The information is most helpful in giving tips on how you can help your children and gain support for yourself in parenting in a somewhat difficult landscape . The more you know the more you are empowered to help your child. It has been such a huge help for me in parenting my son with ADHD and learning disabilities . I encourage everyone to check it out.
I have received emails from smart kids and I tell you, the information that is presented is always on time and relevant to my needs. I have a child with a learning disability. It's a GREAT resource and I hope to always have access. Thank you
When you have a child with a learning disability you spend a great deal of time researching and trying to find information to help your child. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities puts it all together in one website. It's a great resource for parents.
Smart Kids has helped me as a parent access important information for my child to succeed in school. Experts who are in the field of education and parenting have helped me be the most supportive parent of my ADHD child I can be. And what I learn is part of a continuum!
Consistent, high-quality articles that educate parents on issues of concern for their children with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD. They often have a unique viewpoint that I haven't found elsewhere. I feature their work often on the Pinterest page about ADHD that I manage. My only regret is that they don't feature pictures, so I have to create a poster each time I Pin from the site. The content, however, is worth the extra work.
I'm sure every parent who suddenly finds out their child has special needs does what we did; look for information, understanding and support. We found it at SKWLD and are very grateful for their work. It helps to give our child's difference a validation.
Smart Kids provided a life line at a time when our family needed it most. Our son was struggling significantly in school, and his needs were not being addressed successfully. We found a supportive community in Smart Kids and the research provided within the newsletters offered answers to some of our questions. Also, inspirational stories of adults with learning disabilities who achieved success offered comfort and hope to our son at a critical time in his life.
I can't recall how I learned about the website Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, but I am so grateful that I did. I've found it full of informative articles about the issues that my children are dealing with, articles that not only provide great insight into their struggles, but also suggest helpful steps for dealing with them. This is a well-organized, obviously carefully thought-out site. Keep up the good work!
My son is profoundly dyslexic and has auditory processing issues. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is a great resource for parents trying to identify if their child has a LD and how to connect with others with LDs. with Smart Kids there is no reason for a parent to navigate the tricky waters of ensuring that his/her child gets everything that necessary for success in life. My son was the recipient of last year's Fred Epstein Award given by Smart Kids and he couldn't have been prouder. The gala was an amazing opportunity to meet so many accomplished people with LDs. It really had a positive impact on him.
Our son has had an IEP (for ADD and language processing challenges)since pre K, and with the help of the resources including electronic newsletters as well as numerous lectures offered by Smart kids-we have had a lot of help navigating this journey.
He is now in 5th grade and totally mainstreamed and in the mix. He has to work much harder than his typical siblings but is so proud of his own accomplishments which have exceeded our expectations by far. He is his own best advocate now!
Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities has been a tremendous Blessing and resource for my family and I as we navigate our way through our daughters special education process! It is so encouraging to know that there are other families who are facing the same or similar struggles!! It has given us so many avenues to help us during our fight to keep our daughters IEP intact!! We are so grateful for this organization!!
My daughter is "double identified," which in the language of special education means that she is very smart and also has a learning disability that interferes with standard school programming. This child, who would earn scores of over 700 on both the verbal and writing SATs, also has dyslexia. We started requesting--and then fighting for--services from our local, high performing, public school district before she even entered 1st grade. Long story short, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities provided resources as well as moral support throughout. Right from the first, it was reassuring to know that we were not the only family with a smart kid who needed specific services to learn in certain areas. The name says it all.
As a professional ADHD and Executive Functions Coach, I often refer clients to this wonderful organization. Not only do they provide helpful and timely information, but they provide families compassion and hope. I regularly attend their lectures and read their newsletter to stay up-to-date.
Smart Kids with LD served as an entry into me learning more about my daughter's disabilities and since that time, I have learned much about the world where kids struggle. Smart Kids made me realize that there is hope for kids who just don't learn the way schools want to teach them. Their brains just work different and that is okay. Smart Kids provided a forum for me to understand my daughter's disability and I in turn have tried to help others.
When my son was in middle school, I finally joined an online support group for Los Angeles parents of children with Aspergers, and it was the best thing I could have done for not only my son, but my husband and me. The parents shared resources with us "newbies" who were having difficulties trying to ensure our kids with learning disabilities were still getting a true education, and not just getting babysat all day at school. This site was suggested, and I signed up for the newsletters. From them, and the resources available on the site, I have learned so much about how to focus on my son's strengths, and how to work around or through his weaknesses. The real-life success stories have given me not just hope but different ideas for my son's future. I get a lot of newsletters in my email inbox, and this is one organization whose emails I never just automatically delete. Each one is completely read, and often forwarded to another parent who might benefit from a particular article! Thanks for offering such excellent information!
Great resource for my sons with ADHD, NVLD et al. I find I use their advice with my "neurotypical" kids, too.
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is a wonderful resource for professionals as well as parents. I highly recommend tapping this resource for quick information or in-depth articles.