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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.

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Sep 8, 2021

NEW YORK (SEPTEMBER 8, 2021) — As children transition back to school after a challenging last school year, Understood launches year two of Take N.O.T.E.: an initiative developed in partnership...

Aug 24, 2021

Teachers and parents unite to “reimagine the classroom” amid learning challenges 65% of parents observed learning challenges with their child over the last year yet nearly half of...

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Take N.O.T.E.

Take N.O.T.E. is a web-based tool based on a four-step process that parents and children can follow together to understand if the child has a learning or thinking difference. Take N.O.T.E. asks users to:

if there’s something going on with their child that’s out of the ordinary.
and keep track of patterns.
with other people who can offer insights and support, like pediatricians, teachers, and other caregivers.
their child to get information and explore options for what to do next.

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Latest initiatives

Real Talk: Taking N.O.T.E. of Learning Challenges in The New School Year

Since the pandemic, children have fallen behind. Transitions between remote, hybrid, and in-person learning have been exhausting. Students with learning and thinking differences, like ADHD and dyslexia, face an even bigger uphill battle.

In this Town Hall — hosted by Understood in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, UnidosUS and CCSSO — parents, pediatricians, and teachers came together in a free, live, virtual forum to discuss these unique challenges and how to help kids catch up at school.

Watch the recording:

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Research and surveys

As children around the country return to school, the new Back to School Study by Understood and UnidosUS, the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., finds that teachers and parents predict increased academic, mental health, and social and emotional challenges for learning.

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In April 2021, Understood unveiled a Pandemic Learning Impact Study with insights on how the shift to remote learning and the pandemic have affected children and families academically,...

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