It can seem overwhelming at times dealing with the challenges of raising a child with learning differences (LD) and/or other related conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD). Fortunately, most communities have wonderful organizations with dedicated staff and volunteers, often themselves parents of children with conditions like ADD/ADHD, who provide information and services for parents like yourself. One such organization on the peninsula in the SF Bay Area is Parents Helping Parents (www.php.com). PHP offers many programs and here I want to point out one that I have participated in myself and highly recommend. It is PHP’s 2009-2010 LD/ADD Lecture Series and Parent Support Group. Just last month, I attended a series event titled ‘Walk in the Shoes of an LD Student’. I and about sixty other parents were put through a simulation of the different types of learning difficulties that LD/ADD students must confront and manage on a daily basis. It was an eye-opening experience that I will not soon forget and gave me insights at a ‘gut’ level about what our children with LD and ADD/ADHD feel and do just to survive and get through another school day.
In addition to this terrific set of lectures and events, there’s also an LD/ADD Parent Support Group that meets monthly. I sat in on one group meeting recently and loved seeing parents of newly diagnosed children sharing their concerns and questions and receiving emotional support and sound advice from other parents who already have had diagnoses for children and have learned so much about what works/doesn’t work when it comes to raising a child with a learning difference or ADD/ADHD. Please check out this lecture series and support group at: