LearningWorks for Kids was founded on the principle that popular video games and other digital media, when used mindfully and responsibly, can be powerful tools for sharpening and improving children’s academic performance and cognitive Thinking Skills. This is especially true for the children we call Alternative Learners: kids who struggle with everything from mild learning difficulties to diagnosed disorders such as Asperger’s, Dyslexia, and ADHD. Just as every physical sport inherently exercises an athlete’s muscles, every video game or other digital technology inherently exercises a user’s brain. Yet, it goes without saying that simply setting a child in front of a computer screen–with no direction or guidance–will never translate into better grades at school or improved behavior at home. To achieve those improvements, and to make the most out of the amazing potential that video games and technology now offer, parents must learn how to put their kids’ digital play time to work. This is where LearningWorks for Kids comes in. Drawing on original research and decades of experience in education and psychology, the LWK team has created an online platform for informing and instructing parents on how to enrich and enhance their kids’ digital play time. Our expansive collection of Apps+ technology guides, video game PlayBooks and unique parenting recommendations provide even the most digitally inexperienced moms and dads with the expertise and know-how to: - Identify which Thinking Skills their children need help with. - Choose the best games and technologies for their children. - Set a balanced Play Diet. - Connect their children’s screen time to real-world situations and opportunities for learning. - Create quality family time by playing together and reflecting on their experiences. Children today are spending more and more time in a place where their parents only rarely dare to follow, and almost never dare to lead: online, in-game, and digitally connected. Here at LearningWorks for Kids, we are dedicated to showing parents how to mentor their children through the digital world, not only to help them become stronger at school, but just as importantly, to help them develop into safer digital citizens, and more confident, capable kids.