New Online Parent Toolkit Provides Resources for Understanding Children’s Learning Difficulties

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All Kinds of Minds has expanded their online resources for parents concerned about their children’s learning difficulties. The new Parent Toolkit at http://www.allkindsofminds.org in the Parents Section provides valuable insights into the learning process, with practical resources and tools that include interactive experiences of learning difficulties, video clips and strategies to help foster success in developing attention and proficiency in math, reading and writing. The Toolkit is part of the new Understanding All Kinds of Minds program for parents and educators.

All Kinds of Minds announces the new Understanding All Kinds of Minds(TM) program for parents and educators. The program fosters an alliance between parents (and other caregivers), educators and children, to support the child’s success in school and at home.

Online support about learning issues is offered to the general public through a unique Parent Toolkit located on All Kinds of Minds’ Web site. The new Parent Toolkit provides a better understanding of learning processes, interactive insights into difficulties, video clips and strategies to help foster success in developing attention and proficiency in math, reading and writing. The Parent Toolkit’s wealth of practical resources and implementation tools are available by visiting http://www.allkindsofminds.org and clicking on the “Parents” tab.

Through select participating schools, the program also provides learning fairs and workshops where families receive information, resources and strategies to better understand and manage their child’s differences in learning.

The All Kinds of Minds Fair, an entertaining and interactive learning experience, is based on the premise that students can be educational ambassadors to their families. Students at the Fair will present a series of fun learning activities at stations set up in the school’s library or cafeteria. Family members visit each station to develop a better understanding of various aspects of the learning process such as memory, attention, higher order thinking, sequencing, motor skills and social cognition.

The school’s educators will also present Learning about Learning Workshops, a series of two-hour sessions where parents or caregivers explore specific school-related demands through a neurodevelopmental lens. The workshops provide strategies and resources to support children’s ability to successfully accomplish schoolwork tasks. Workshop topics include: Mastering the Challenges of Homework, Organized for Learning, Paying Attention, Learning and Self Esteem and Building Alliances.

“Parents who participate in All Kinds of Minds Fairs and Learning about Learning Workshops at their children’s schools can better understand and support each child’s individual ways of learning and effectively converse with school staff on learning issues,” said Mary-Dean Barringer, National Director of the Schools Attuned Program.

Only schools that participate in All Kinds of Minds’ Schools Attuned® professional development program can currently access the Understanding All Kinds of Minds Fairs and Workshops and provide the information to their students’ families. The Schools Attuned Program prepares educators to utilize the neurodevelopmental framework and approach to learning pioneered by Dr. Mel Levine, renowned pediatrician, author and co-founder of All Kinds of Minds. As of January 2006, more than 28,000 educators have participated in Schools Attuned.

Understanding All Kinds of Minds is a program of All Kinds of Minds, a nonprofit institute that helps students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific and clinical expertise. All Kinds of Minds also offers the Student Success Program(TM), which provides comprehensive, individualized assessments for grade 1-12 students and easy-to-understand learning plans that can be implemented by parents and teachers. More information is available at All Kinds of Minds’ Web site, http://www.allkindsofminds.org.

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