New York: May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) today announced the launch of the LD Navigator, a free comprehensive, online resource guide about learning difficulties and disabilities for pediatric healthcare professionals. As recent studies have found that up to 20 percent of children have a learning difficulty or disability, the demand on pediatricians and other pediatric healthcare professionals as the first source for professional screening, diagnosis and information has become an acute need.
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"...Developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the LD Navigator enables pediatric healthcare professionals and parents to navigate a child's learning difficulty or disability. By delivering expert, evidence-based tools and strategies into the hands of those on the front lines of diagnosis and family support, the LD Navigator brings ready resources to busy pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners. Support for the LD Navigator was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation®.
"We created the LD Navigator to ensure that critically important information about LD reaches the pediatric healthcare professional community precisely when and where they need it," said James Wendorf , Executive Director, NCLD. "We are honored to partner with AAP and NAPNAP on the LD Navigator, which we believe will help transform how the pediatric healthcare professional community addresses the complex world of LD."
"Pediatricians have long expressed the need for ready resources to help parents identify, understand and secure services that support children with learning difficulties and disabilities," said Carol Weitzman , MD, FAAP, Executive Committee member of the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. "The LD Navigator offers us an easier way to engage parents in what can be difficult conversations about their children's learning challenges."..