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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 23, 2021

Understood, a nonprofit and lifelong guide for people with learning and thinking differences, such as ADHD and dyslexia, today announced it launched the Understood Podcast Network. Consisting of...

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...

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Latest Initiatives

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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The Understood Podcast Network


The Understood Podcast Network offers real talk and personal stories for and from people who learn and think differently. Our three podcasts — with more to come — bring new voices, perspectives, and visibility that you won’t get anywhere else.


In It

Returning after two seasons and garnered more than 100,000 downloads, new episodes of In It  will debut every other Thursday to explore the joys and challenges of supporting kids who learn and think differently.



With new episodes debuting every other Tuesday, ADHD Aha!  narrows in on the moment an individual or someone they know learned they had ADHD, and the emotional and sometimes funny ways symptoms surfaced.


How'd You Get That Job?!

Airing every Wednesday, How’d You Get That Job?! explores the unique and unexpected career paths of people who learn and think differently. 


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Executive Thought Leaders
Fred Poses

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Nathan Friedman

Co-President & Chief Marketing Officer

Jenny Wu

Co-President & Chief Product Officer

Yvonne Cowser Yancy

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Our experts

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Amanda Morin

Director, Thought Leadership and Expertise, Understood

Areas of expertise: special education, learning disabilities and ADHD, early intervention

Bob Cummingham, EdM

Executive Director, Learning Development, Understood

Areas of expertise: special education, learning disabilities and ADHD, school administration

Ellen Braaten, PhD

Executive Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Areas of expertise: neuropsychology, mental health, learning disabilities, ADHD

Claudia Rinaldi, PhD

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)

Kristin J. Carothers, PhD

Clinician in Private Practice; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Morehouse School of Medicine

Areas of expertise: clinical psychology

Andrew Kahn, Psy.D

Subject Matter Expert, Psychology and Learning, Understood

Areas of expertise: special education, ADHD, social-emotional functioning, mental health


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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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