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Understood is the only lifelong guide for those who learn and think differently. Today, we reach more than 20 million people each year, helping them discover their potential, learn how to take control, find community, and stay on a positive path along each stage of life’s journey. Once learning and thinking differences are embraced, confidence is built, community is created, jobs become careers, and life is more fulfilling.
Understood’s “Be the Reason” campaign aims to build awareness of and reduce stigma around learning and thinking differences among parents. Through new research, a social media challenge, and a variety of videos, resources, real stories, and activities for parents to engage their child, we want to help parents be the reason their child thrives.
The #YouCanBeTheReason social media challenge is led by social media influencers The Holderness Family, who share their personal experience with ADHD. The challenge encourages parents to share how they’ve helped their child thrive — across TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook. Take the challenge and share how #YouCanBeTheReason.
Learn more about our experts and their areas of focus
Subject Matter Expert, Psychology and Learning, Understood
Areas of expertise: special education, ADHD, social-emotional functioning, mental health
Executive Director, Learning Development, Understood
Areas of expertise: special education, learning disabilities and ADHD, school administration
Educational and Neurodiversity Consultant
Areas of expertise: special education, learning disabilities and ADHD, early intervention
Executive Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Areas of expertise: neuropsychology, mental health, learning disabilities, ADHD
Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor and Chair of Education Program, Lasell University
Areas of expertise: bilingual special education services, learning disabilities, and multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)
Clinician in Private Practice; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Morehouse School of Medicine
Areas of expertise: clinical psychology