12 episodes

There’s a lot to learn about learning and thinking differences like dyslexia and ADHD. “Understood Explains” is a podcast that unpacks one important topic each season. Season 1 covers the ins and outs of the process school districts use to evaluate kids for special education services. Host Andy Kahn is a psychologist who spent nearly 20 years evaluating kids for schools. He explains each step of the evaluation process and gives tips on how to talk with your child along the way.

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There’s a lot to learn about learning and thinking differences like dyslexia and ADHD. “Understood Explains” is a podcast that unpacks one important topic each season. Season 1 covers the ins and outs of the process school districts use to evaluate kids for special education services. Host Andy Kahn is a psychologist who spent nearly 20 years evaluating kids for schools. He explains each step of the evaluation process and gives tips on how to talk with your child along the way.

    S1E1 Evaluations for special education: What is an evaluation?

    S1E1 Evaluations for special education: What is an evaluation?

    Is your child struggling in school? Are you wondering what supports might help? This episode explains the basics of how schools evaluate kids for special education. Host Dr. Andy Kahn is a psychologist. He talks with educator Julian Saavedra about looking for kids’ strengths as well as their weaknesses. Andy also trades tips with parenting expert Amanda Morin on what to say to your child along the way.

    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 “Understood Explains” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts.

    Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved. Understood is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company.

    • 26 min
    S1E2 Evaluations for special education: Deciding to get an evaluation

    S1E2 Evaluations for special education: Deciding to get an evaluation

    How do schools decide if a child needs an evaluation? And what role do families play? Host Dr. Andy Kahn explains common reasons to evaluate now — or to wait. Educator Julian Saavedra addresses special education myths that can affect what families decide to do. And parenting expert Amanda Morin offers tips on how to talk to kids about next steps.

    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 “Understood Explains” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts.

    Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved. Understood is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company.

    • 29 min
    S1E3 Evaluations for special education: Your evaluation rights

    S1E3 Evaluations for special education: Your evaluation rights

    What rights do families have in a school evaluation? This episode highlights five key ways that special education law protects your rights during the evaluation process. Host Dr. Andy Kahn talks with lawyer Andrew M.I. Lee about what to do if you think the school isn’t following the rules. And parenting expert Amanda Morin gives tips on what to avoid saying to your child about any disputes with the school.

    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 “Understood Explains” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts.

    Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved. Understood is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company.

    • 26 min
    S1E4 Evaluations for special education: How to request an evaluation

    S1E4 Evaluations for special education: How to request an evaluation

    School evaluations are free — and you can ask for one at any time and for any reason. But the details you include when you ask can make a big difference. Host Dr. Andy Kahn and education advocate Christina Gutierrez explain how to request an evaluation and how soon the school needs to respond. Parenting expert Amanda Morin also shares tips on what to say to your child about requesting an evaluation — and what not to say.

    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 “Understood Explains” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts.

    Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved. Understood is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company.

    • 23 min
    S1E5 Evaluations for special education: What to expect during an evaluation

    S1E5 Evaluations for special education: What to expect during an evaluation

    What happens during a school evaluation? And what role do families play? Host Dr. Andy Kahn and school psychologist Brittney Newcomer explain who’s on the school evaluation team, what they do, and how you can help shape the evaluation plan for your child. Parenting expert Amanda Morin also offers tips on how you can help your child get ready for the evaluation. (Hint: The answer does NOT involve any studying!)

    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 “Understood Explains” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts.

    Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved. Understood is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company.

    • 27 min
    S1E6 Evaluations for special education: Understanding the results

    S1E6 Evaluations for special education: Understanding the results

    The first time you look at your child’s evaluation report, you might be overwhelmed. What do all of those numbers mean? And are some numbers more important than others? Host Dr. Andy Kahn unpacks this topic with Harvard psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten, who co-wrote “Straight Talk About Psychological Testing for Kids.” Get tips on how to make sense of the results. And hear from parenting expert Amanda Morin on how to share the evaluation findings with your child.

    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 “Understood Explains” and all our podcasts at u.org/podcasts.

    Copyright © 2022 Understood for All, Inc. All rights reserved. Understood is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company.

    • 26 min

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nadeleone ,

THE Top Learning Difference Podcast!

I love your channel! Understood is thoughtfully curated with content that’s easy to understand.

Understood has been an incredible resource for me. Truly a trusted community for those of us who learn differently (and our support system). If I could give you 10-stars I would :)

I can’t wait for more episodes!

Muuuryyy ,

WOW!

There’s sooo much in this podcast I had no idea about. I loved this! I learned so much. Fantastic production as well.

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