In It: Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

In It: Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently Podcast

Discover In It, a podcast from Understood for and about families of kids who learn and think differently. Host Amanda Morin talks with families of kids who struggle with reading, math, focus, and other skills. We also speak with experts who offer support and practical advice. Parenting kids who learn and think differently can be an emotional and frustrating adventure. But, as we’ll remind listeners on each episode, you’re in good company along the way. We hope our show will make you nod your head in agreement—or at the very least, remind you you’re not alone. Understood is a free resource and online community for families of kids who learn and think differently.

Ep. 6: When Gifted Kids Need Accommodations, Too
Twice-exceptional (or “2E”) kids have learning or attention issues AND are gifted. In this last episode of Season 1, Lexi and Amanda speak with guests Penny Williams, a parenting trainer and coach, and Debbie Reber, author and creator of TiLT Parenting, about the unique challenges of meeting the needs of 2E children. For these moms, their kids' giftedness doesn't make things easier—it adds a layer of complexity.   PLEASE TAKE OUR SEASON 1 LISTENER SURVEY: u.org/podcast   Understood is a free resource ...

Ep. 5: Dyscalculia, More Than “Bad at Math”
When does being “bad at math” mean something more? For Lily, a Missouri teen with dyscalculia, math struggles go a lot further than math class. On this episode, we go inside Lily’s world and experience the unexpected challenges that pop up because of her math learning disability. Amanda and Lexi talk with expert Daniel Ansari about why dyscalculia is underdiagnosed. And they hear from parents who called in to share what math challenges are like in their family.   Understood is a free resource and online ...

Ep. 4: To Disclose…or Not?
Who do you tell? When? Telling people your child has ADHD, dyslexia or other learning issues is a big, complicated decision. Hosts Amanda Morin and Lexi Walters Wright talk with families whose experiences range from triumphant to cautionary. Gimlet Media’s Wilson Standish shares why he’s still cautious about disclosing. And expert Manju Banerjee explains how to pass the disclosure torch to your young adult child.   Understood is a free resource and online community for parents of kids with learning and a...


Ep. 3: The Legit Fear Behind “Please Don’t Call On Me to Read”
It’s scary—in the moment and even recalling it years later. Reading out loud in front of a group when you have dyslexia can be legitimately awful. Hosts Amanda Morin and Lexi Walters Wright dig into this fear with a mom whose son stumbled over reading his own name in front of his class. They hear from other parents, too, and hockey champion Brent Sopel. Expert Bob Cunningham also weighs in with insight on whether kids really do need to read out loud, and how to make the experience better for kids who strugg...

Ep. 2: How We Deal With “Is ADHD Real?”
It’s a dreaded (and hurtful) question that families get asked too often: “Is ADHD even real?” Hosts Amanda Morin and Lexi Walters Wright hear from parents of kids with ADHD who’ve muddled through explaining their child’s attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity issues to family and friends. And they hear from expert Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, about the brain science behind ADHD.   Understood is a free resource and online community for parents of kids with learning and attention issues. Learn more and connec...

Ep. 1: Why We Cry In IEP Meetings
On this first episode of In It, hosts Amanda Morin and Lexi Walters Wright dig into why emotions tend to run high IEP meetings. They talk with comedian Dena Blizzard about her (very) public reaction to a disappointing IEP meeting. They hear from other parents who gotten emotional when discussing the needs of their kids struggling in school. And they also connect with expert Mark Griffin, Ph.D., about what’s at stake during these meetings. Understood is a free resource and online community for parents of kid...


Welcome to In It
Meet hosts Lexi Walters Wright and Amanda Morin of Understood for Parents, and listen to families with kids struggling with reading, math, attention, and focus....