I hit an un­ex­pected road­block: few par­ents wanted to open up about their kids’ Strug­gles — Suzanne

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tical ad­vice about these is­sues by pro­vid­ing them with daily ac­cess to ex­perts, per­son­alised sup­port and con­nec­tion to other par­ents in a safe on­line community. One of the site’s in­ter­ac­tive tools, Through Your Child’s Eyes, even al­lows par­ents to ex­pe­ri­ence the chal­lenges of liv­ing with learn­ing and at­ten­tion is­sues, like ADHD or dys­lexia. All for free.

“Un­der­stood launched in Oc­to­ber 2014, and my great­est hope is that it be­comes a life­line to ev­ery par­ent who is look­ing for an­swers,” Lang says.

Alec is now a col­lege fresh­man study­ing en­gi­neer­ing. He’s on the dean’s list ( a cat­e­gory of stu­dents recog­nised for their aca­demic achieve­ment by the dean of their col­lege) and is think­ing about what he’ll do af­ter grad­u­a­tion. “I asked him when he vis­ited over spring break if he knew what he wanted to do, hav­ing so many op­tions,” Lang says.

While Alec doesn’t ex­actly know yet, he did let his mother know that he wanted to do some­thing cut­ting edge — some­thing that will “change the world”. “He was con­fi­dent, al­most beam­ing,” she says. Her “king” was back. FIGHT­ING AN ‘ IN­VIS­I­BLE’ FIGHT: Alec Lang with his mother Suzanne, who helped him tackle his learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties

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