Resources for Families

One of the best resources we have to fuel our research comes from the generous and visionary support of people like you – people who share our quest to improve the quality of learning for children. We are tremendously grateful for your interest in helping support our research. Donations of any size are welcome.


Local Resources

Learning Disabilities from brainLENS 

List of resources related to Specific Learning Disability for parents and practitioners (updated June 2018). Includes advocacy, research and educational organizations and free screening resources.

Learning Disabilities from Parent Education Network

Paid listing of programs and resources for learning and attention difficulties.

Assessment Services and Tutors

Parent resources compiled by the Charles Armstrong School. Inclusion on this list should not be interpreted as endorsement.

Searching for Research Studies to Participate

Bay Area CHILD Research Center: A registry of research studies that families can enroll their children in.

California Dyslexia Guidelines by the Special Education Division of the California Department of Education (CDE)

California Dyslexia Guidelines, written in response to the passage of the Assembly Bill 1369. The purpose of these guidelines is to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents in identifying, assessing, and supporting students with dyslexia.


General Resources on the Science of Learning

Child Development (Harvard University Center on the Developing Child)

A research and development platform for science-based innovation focusing on research that can significantly inform better life outcomes for children facing adversity.

Brain Facts (from the Dana Foundation)

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs. Their Primers take an in-depth look at basic principles of neuroscience.

Brain Facts (from makes new scientific discoveries about the brain accessible to the public and provides background information on neuroscience, brain development and cognition.

Creativity from the Center for Childhood Creativity

This white paper focuses on reviewing research that informs critical components of creativity in children, and how to foster an environment that allows these components to blossom.

School Readiness from the Center for Childhood Creativity

This position paper aims to surface the skills and conditions that matter most for a child’s success in school and life, and to guide educators and others (including families) in designing learning experiences and environments to support this development.


Selected Talks of Interest

Biology of Stealth Dyslexia

Talk Given April 2014 at the Dyslexic Advantage - UCSF Scientific Symposium

EdHack through Neuroscience: How is neuroscience cracking the code of learning and education?

Presented October 2015 at the Nueva Innovative Learning Conference

Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Resilience in Dyslexia

Presented December 2015 for Parent Education Network

Neuroscience of Dyslexia

Presented April 2016 for California Department of Education Dyslexia Work Group

Teachable Moments Talk: Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Resilience in Dyslexia

Talk Given September 2016 to the AIM Academy (Conshohocken, PA)

Dyslexia, Learning Differently, and Innovation: TEDxSausalito

Talk Given November 2016 at TEDxSausalito (Sausalito, CA)

UCSF Dyslexia Center

In this film, James Redford interviews Gavin Newsom for the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

Global URLI-UCSF brainLENS Partnership

Highlighted in the video the work of brainLENS in Pupua New Guinea with UniSkript, a transformative new writing system.


Resources on Research Study Participation

Location - Parnassus Campus

Location - Mission Bay Campus (MRI)

Preparing Your Child for a Brain Scan

This website provides videos for preparing your child for an MRI procedure as well as more information on the training and scan session.