Let’s Talk LD TM places families at the center of all that we do. It is our hope that, through our work, parents will feel empowered to lead and assume a significant role in improving outcomes for children and young adults that are considered neurodevelopmentally atypical due to learning, social communication, and/or attentional differences. By sharing concerns, identifying problems, and deepening our knowledge and expertise about how best to address the needs of all kinds of learners along the continuum of neurodiversity, the hope is that an authentic Community of Practice will evolve that will be self-sustaining.
A Community of Practice is a systematic, but an informal manner of managing knowledge. Etienne Wegner (2002) said it best when he stated, “Because communities of practice are voluntary, what makes them successful over time is their ability to generate enough excitement, relevance, and value to attract and engage members. Although many factors, such as management support or an urgent problem can inspire a community, nothing can substitute for this sense of aliveness. Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.
Let’s Talk LD TM families have rich and varied experiences. It is our hope to profile those journeys as a means of building community. Let’s Talk LD TM VLOGS, BLOGS, and podcasts will provide interesting insights into the lives of real families navigating the complex realities of children and young adults with neurodevelopmental issues who may face challenges in realizing their dreams absent appropriate support. LET’S TALK LD TM Webinars, On-Demand, and Live Streaming events will provide additional opportunities for our members to learn from each other.
Our mission is simple: LET’S TALK LD TM exists to serve as a beacon for young people with learning, social communication, and attentional differences, and the caregivers and advocates who support them. We achieve this by serving as a Community of Practice for strategically managing knowledge (through knowledge creation and sharing) about best practices for addressing the needs of youth who are neurodevelopmentally diverse.
It is our belief that our webinar, live streaming, and on-demand events, we will be able to facilitate connecting our members to thought leaders who are making a difference in innovative approaches to addressing the unique needs of and improving outcomes for children and young adults who face learning, social communication, and attentional challenges.