Parents are often at a loss when a child struggles with learning. Here’s some information that will help.




LD is often described as an “invisible disability” because learning difficulties may not become obvious until a child reaches school age. Even then, the problems may be subtle and hard to recognize. Here you will find some basic information about learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process, and helping your child and yourself. 


First Teacher of Iowa

Summer Learning Tips

Technology Solutions

Useful Websites


First Teacher of Iowa is a new project organized and implemented by the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa. As we all know, Parents are a child’s first teacher and much learning happens before a child ever enters a formal education program.



Students who do little during the summer months to stimulate their minds experience what is known as “summer slide.” This is when they lose academic skills, mostly in the areas of math and reading, and then experience setbacks when they return to school in the fall. The setbacks force teachers to spend about four to six weeks at the beginning of the school year refreshing students and bringing them back to where they were at the end of the previous academic year. There are many ways to keep a child from losing skills.



Here are some technology tips for children and students of all ages who struggle with tasks that others take for granted– like reading, listening, organizing information, or writing. Technology tools help individuals reach their potential when a disability gets in the way of learning.



LDA America 

Since 1963, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.  LDA-Iowa is a state affiliate of LDA.


National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

Founded in 1977 as the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, the organization provides leadership, public awareness and grants to support research and innovative practices in learning disabilities.  The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. They are working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.



Understood is a comprehensive online resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues.  For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.  With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.  Understood is a program of NCLD.


Get Ready to Read

This is another program created by NCLD.  It has a phonological screening assessment and activities for parents/teachers to help develop pre-reading skills of phonological awareness.


Center for Applied Technology (CAST)

CAST: Universal Design for Learning is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. CAST provides activities, resources and information for students, educators, and individuals with disabilities.


LD Online

LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products. LD OnLine is a national educational service of PBS in Washington, D.C.


Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. This is important information for parents of young children who are concerned about their child’s readiness for school. Reading Rockets is another national service provided by PBS.

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