BEST Websites for LD

It is October and LD Awareness Month!  We're commemorating the month by honoring parents and teachers of children with special learning needs as well as challenged adults.  In this blog article, we have decided to provide what many of these individuals often request of us---information and resources for learning disabilities and differences (LD).  We believe that the best way to do that is by presenting a GOOD list of online resources and websites in various LD categories.  In this way, parents, teachers and adults challenged with specific reading or learning issues will have a go-to page to help give them direction and a place to start for the assistance they need.

We hope you will find the following categorized list of LD websites helpful for you or for someone you care about each day!

Categorized List for LD Websites

AD/HD (ADHD or ADD)

AD/HD is the notation for ADD (no hyperactivity) or ADHD (with the hyperactivity component).  Both children and adults can be affected by the condition, and it can occur in varying degrees of severity from one individual to another.  There really is no cure for ADHD, but it is very possible to effectively manage the symptoms of the disorder, which may include assistive tools, strategies, coaching and other helpful resources.

1. CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a national non-profit organization working to improve the lives of affected people through education, advocacy and support. From lobbying to local support groups, CHADD is a leader in the field of ADHD.
http://www.chadd.org/

2. National Resource Center on AD/HD (Sponsored by CHADD) is the center funded by the CDC.  It has much science-based information about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
http://www.help4adhd.org
 
3. ADD Resources is another non-profit serving the ADHD community. It has an extensive directory of workshops, conferences, publications, and articles for parents, teachers, adults, and medical professionals. The organization supports itself through memberships.  (A fee may be charged to access some content.)
http://addresources.org/

Dyslexia

1. Understanding Dyslexia---from Understood
    https://goo.gl/1NdQsa
 
2. International Dyslexia Association
    https://dyslexiaida.org/
 
3. The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
    http://www.dyslexia.yale.edu/
 
4. DyslexiaHelp at the University of Michigan
    http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/

Dysgraphia

1. National Center for Learning Disabilities---Dysgraphia
    http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dysgraphia/what-is-dysgraphia
 
2. LD Online--- Dysgraphia
    http://www.ldonline.org/article/5890/
 
3. LDA---Learning Disabilities Association of America--- Dysgraphia
    http://www.ldanatl.org/aboutld/parents/ld_basics/dysgraphia.asp
 
4. Handwriting Problem Solutions, LLC
    http://www.handwriting-solutions.com/dysgraphia.asp

Dyscalculia

1. Understanding Dyscalculia-from Understood
    https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyscalculia/understanding-dyscalculia
 
2. Dyscalculia.org-Math Tools
    http://www.dyscalculia.org/math-tools

Dyspraxia

1. Dyspraxia Foundation USA
    http://www.dyspraxiausa.org/

2. Understand Dyspraxia in Kids with Dyspraxia Simulator---from Understood
     https://goo.gl/BeSwa9
 
3. Blog: occupationaltherapyforchildren.over-blog.com
    http://occupationaltherapyforchildren.over-blog.com/article-dyspraxia-87698021.html
 
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition that exists when sensory signals do not get organized into appropriate responses.  The condition prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving information needed to interpret sensory input correctly.  A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks.  Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively (from STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder).

1. The STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
    https://www.spdstar.org/

2. Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center
    http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/

3. Physician Fact Sheet Sensory Processing Disorder Signs and Symptoms
    http://www.thespiralfoundation.org/pdfs/Fact%20Sheet%20for%20MDs%20PDF.pdf

Executive Function Disorder (EFD)
Many individuals struggle with executive function, which governs a person’s ability to plan, organize and manage details in everyday life.

1. Executive Function Disorder - Practical Advice for Parents---from Understood
    https://goo.gl/K4BVYN  
 
2. Executive Function 101---FREE e-Book from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
    http://ncld.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=21301.0&dlv_id=32771
 
3. Is It Executive Function Disorder (EFD) or ADD/ADHD?---from ADDitude Magazine
    http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/7051.html

4. What Is Executive Function?---from WebMD
    http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/executive-function

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
The most recent data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control, 2012) indicates that in the U.S., about 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 54 boys identified.  

1. Autism vs. Learning and Attention Issues: What You Need to Know---from Understood
    https://goo.gl/GoCepB 

2. Websites for Families---from Autism Speaks
    http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/websites-families

3. National Autism Association
    http://nationalautismassociation.org/
 
4. TeachersFirst Resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s
    http://www.teachersfirst.com/spectopics/autism-asperger.cfm

5. Statistics for the Prevalence of Autism and Other Related Data---from the Centers for Disease Control
    From the CDC's Autism and Devlopmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, 2012
    http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0329_autism_disorder.html
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