Online Parent Groups: Support at Your Fingertips
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By Linda Broatch, M.A. , Scott Moore
What are some practical tips for finding an online community to call home?
- Look for communities that fit your needs: Check websites affiliated with or sponsored by organizations you are familiar with or already trust. Be aware that companies who sell LD-related products or websites that focus on one or limited issues may be slanted to sell products or convince you of a particular way of thinking. Check to see whether the community displays a focus or purpose whose values you agree with.
- Give it the intuition test. Many online communities encourage prospective members to "lurk," or enter the community and read messages, before posting. By observing the discussions taking place you can get a feel for the kind of people and topics that make up that community.
Even though there are some risks involved when you step into an online community, the rewards can be significant and lasting. It might take some time, but it’s likely that you’ll “just know" when you’ve found the right group to call your community. That's the time to jump right in.
Example of a group that allows mailing list options: Time Out for Families - Parenting a child with special mental health needs
Example of a message board: AD/HD - Meds and Education
Example of online chat: Net Haven - Scheduled chats of Specific LD Issues
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