We believe that you know your student best and that the resources that will be most helpful to you are the ones that you research yourself. Below is a list of resources that we hope will assist you on your journey of finding the best solutions for your student. Please note that we are always building this list and welcome your input on individuals and institutions where you have had positive results.
Special Needs Support and Information
- Parents Helping Parents – PHP helps families who have children of any age with special needs and learning differences
Learning & Attention Issues
- Understood.org – 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues
- New guidelines for standardized test accommodations for students with specific learning disabilities. These changes make it easier for students with accommodations in school to receive accommodations for standardized tests.
- U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague letter on the use of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia in IDEA evaluations, eligibility determinations or IEP documents
- Understood.org explains the significance of this letter
Dyslexia Support and Information
- Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
- Dyslexic Advantage – Promoting positive identity, community, and achievement among dyslexic people by focusing on their strengths
- Learning Ally – Audio books and parent support
- Bookshare – Accessible online library for people with print disabilities
- The Bodin Group – Therapeutic consultants, experienced guides and advocates
- The College Board – Administers the PSAT, SAT, Subject Tests and AP Exams
- ACT – Administers the ACT test
- Less Stress College Prep – Karen Simpson
- Creative Kid College Coach – Harriet Katz
- OnTarget College Consulting – Jennifer Piercey
Special Education Advocate
Assistive Technology Specialist
Evaluations for Learning and Attention Issues
You have a choice in who evaluates your child. You can request and evaluation through your school district or you can have a private evaluation. If you choose to have a private evaluation, here is a partial list of area professionals for your reference. Cost and family match are important so we recommend that you call the offices that you are interested in, discuss the process and choose the clinician that best matches your needs. Find out more about evaluations from Understood.org.
Private Evaluation Resources
Janet Rulifson, M.A., M.S.
340 Second Street, Suite 11, Los Altos, CA 94024
The Pratt Center
4 Main St #110, Los Altos, CA 94022
Children’s Health Council
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic
555 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Morrissey-Compton Educational Center
595 Prince Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94063
Additional recommendations for clinicians can be provided upon request.
Resources for dyslexia specific testing can be found at the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association resource directory
Apps for Learning Differences
This is a list of applications that could be helpful for some students with learning and attention issues. They are intended as a starting point and are not guaranteed to work for every student. There are many other options to evaluate for additional helpful applications. Check out both the Apple App Store and the Chrome Web Store.
- Google Keep – Notes, checklists, reminders, voice memos and more that are all linked to Google Docs, so they can be shared with any Google account
- Evernote – To-do lists, notes and voice reminders all saved on a searchable format
- Inspiration – Organize ideas for visual brainstorming. Great for writing
- Dragon Dictation – Write using speech-to-text recording. Great for someone who would rather talk-out their essay instead of writing it
- Notability – Annotate PDFs and lectures, type out notes, or create handwritten sketches. Allows for easy switching between typing and drawing, useful for lectures that use both visuals and written notes
- ModMath-Free – Lets students type out math problems instead of writing by hand. Often helpful for students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
If your student is a Chrome user, and is dyslexic, this is a helpful article series about Chrome extensions, apps and add-ons: www.noodle.com/articles/google-for-dyslexia-part-one