37 episodes

Discover In It, a podcast that explores the joys and frustrations of supporting kids who learn and think differently. Join hosts Amanda Morin and Gretchen Vierstra as they talk with parents, caregivers, teachers, and sometimes kids. They offer perspective, advice, and stories for and from people who have challenges with reading, math, focus, and other learning differences.

Understood is a nonprofit and social impact organization dedicated to shaping a world where the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently can thrive. Learn more about In It and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts.

Copyright © 2021 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved.

In It: Supporting Kids Who Learn and Think Differently Understood

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 215 Ratings

Discover In It, a podcast that explores the joys and frustrations of supporting kids who learn and think differently. Join hosts Amanda Morin and Gretchen Vierstra as they talk with parents, caregivers, teachers, and sometimes kids. They offer perspective, advice, and stories for and from people who have challenges with reading, math, focus, and other learning differences.

Understood is a nonprofit and social impact organization dedicated to shaping a world where the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently can thrive. Learn more about In It and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts.

Copyright © 2021 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved.

    Her intense, restless son harnessed ADHD by climbing mountains (from the “ADHD Aha!” podcast)

    Her intense, restless son harnessed ADHD by climbing mountains (from the “ADHD Aha!” podcast)

    Bonus episode! Hear one mom’s story of parenting a child with ADHD and written expression disorder in this episode from Understood’s “ADHA Aha! podcast.” Host Laura Key talks with Michelle Kuipers, the mother of Marc-André Leclerc. Marc-André was a skilled rock climber and alpinist who died at age 25 in the mountains of Alaska. He’s the subject of a Netflix documentary, “The Alpinist.”

    Michelle shares how she homeschooled Marc-André and helped him learn to channel his ADHD. Listen as Michelle describes Marc-André’s loving and generous spirit — and how she wants her son to be remembered.

    Understood.org is a resource dedicated to shaping the world so the 70 million people with learning and thinking differences can thrive. Learn more about “In It"" and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts. Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 38 min
    Clapbacks and comebacks: Families react to “Does your kid really have ADHD?” and other judgments

    Clapbacks and comebacks: Families react to “Does your kid really have ADHD?” and other judgments

    How do we react to the judgment of others when we’re raising kids who learn differently? And how do we handle our own judgment?

    In this bonus episode, Amanda Morin and Gretchen Vierstra share favorite moments from families who are “in it.” Get advice on — and even comebacks for — questions like “Is ADHD even real?” Hear why one mom stopped sharing her son’s diagnosis with family and friends. Find out how one couple learned to shut out the noise of others to focus on what was right for their kids.

    Understood is a nonprofit and social impact organization dedicated to shaping a world where the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently can thrive. Learn more about “In It” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts. Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 14 min
    Summer reading reimagined: How to help all kids enjoy reading

    Summer reading reimagined: How to help all kids enjoy reading

    Summer is a great time for kids to fall in love with reading. How can we make summer reading fun for all kids — even those who don’t think of themselves as readers?

    In this episode, hosts Amanda Morin and Gretchen Vierstra talk about summer reading with Jeremee DeMoir, a bookshop owner and former teacher. Hear how Jeremee helps kids find reading materials that are engaging and accessible. Learn new ways to think about reading, and why you should consider things like audiobooks and manga. Plus, get Jeremee’s go-to reading recommendations for kids of all ages.

    Understood is a nonprofit and social impact organization dedicated to shaping a world where the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently can thrive. Learn more about “In It” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts. Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 22 min
    Single parenting: Raising kids who learn differently on your own

    Single parenting: Raising kids who learn differently on your own

    What unique challenges do single parents face when raising kids with learning differences?

    In this episode, hosts Amanda Morin and Gretchen Vierstra talk with a single parent who’s “in it.” Rachel is raising her 10-year-old daughter, who has ADHD and other learning challenges. Listen to Rachel talk about the journey she’s been on with her daughter. Hear how she’s trying to manage everything as a single parent. Plus, get Rachel's tips for how to use humor during challenging moments.

    Understood is a nonprofit and social impact organization dedicated to shaping a world where the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently can thrive. Learn more about “In It” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts. Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 28 min
    Busting myths about learning differences and ADHD

    Busting myths about learning differences and ADHD

    There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about learning differences. Is ADHD just about hyperactivity? Is dyslexia a vision problem? And do kids outgrow learning differences?

    In this episode, host Gretchen Vierstra shares common myths about learning and thinking differences for co-host Amanda Morin to bust. Listen to Amanda debunk these myths with the facts. Learn why these myths persist and how you can help debunk them. Plus, hear the myths that Amanda, Gretchen, and their producer believed before they learned the facts.

    Understood is a nonprofit and social impact organization dedicated to shaping a world where the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently can thrive. Learn more about “In It” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts. Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 20 min
    Why summer camp has lasting benefits for neurodivergent kids

    Why summer camp has lasting benefits for neurodivergent kids

    Summer camp is a tradition for many kids. But does summer camp work for kids who learn differently? How do you find the right camp? Can the camp support your child’s needs? Will your child make friends?

    In this episode, hosts Amanda Morin and Gretchen Vierstra get answers from the ultimate expert: a camp director. Audrey Monke has been running a summer camp for 37 years. She’s also the author of “Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults.” Hear Audrey’s advice on summer camp — from how to choose one to what to tell camps about your child. Learn how camps help kids develop social skills, build relationships, and gain independence. Plus, Audrey shares her favorite summer camp tips to use at home.

    Understood is a nonprofit and social impact organization dedicated to shaping a world where the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently can thrive. Learn more about “In It” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts. Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

Youstopitryan21206 ,

Great for Parents and Teachers

Finally a great great podcast for teachers. Informative and every episode has great stories. Highly recommend it!

Kuriboshoe ,

I feel so seen

Wonderful show - truly relatable voices with relevant advice and understanding for parents of kids with diagnoses such as ADHD and anxiety. A delight and a comfort to listen to.

tooglitchy2019 ,

Empowering & hopeful

I’ve tried a bunch of ND parenting podcasts recently, and this one is my favorite. It is hopeful and empowering, not bogged down by stigma or sensationalism. Episodes and short and digest-able, and they offer hope as well aa practical advice.

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