The mother of a young woman who was told by a teacher that her ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) was a “disease” wants to see more educational supports put in place for pupils with the condition.
Kate Gaynor, from Enniskillen, also wants health authorities to avoid young people becoming “lost in transition” from child and adolescent mental health services to adult services.
Her daughter Sarah was diagnosed with ADD when she was 14 years old.
Talking Back to ADHD Checklist
1. Understand ADHD: See an ADHD symptom as an ADHD symptom. Distractibility, forgetfulness, unawareness of time, procrastination, inefficiency, impulsiveness, reactivity, and all the rest of ADHD are not a judgment. If you were wheezing, you’d get rid of the mold in your basement, make lifestyle changes, and find a doctor you trust. Around ADHD, almost any symptom can be managed by seeing it for what it is, particularly as it reflects on self-management skills.
The kid who is too loud and winds up the in principal’s office every week for acting up — and who is kind and loyal to his friends, hugs you tight at bedtime, and tells you that you are the best mom…and means it. That wonderful kid!
You know the one I mean.
The one who is always being sent to the principal’s office for some random offense.
The one who tells his teachers what he thinks.
“I need you to know. I want to explain. I have a very different brain.”
In this illuminating video, 7-year-old Giuliana Margolis invites you to take her hand and walk through a day of ADHD challenges at home, on the playground, and in the classroom. From impulsivity to distractibility to extreme emotions, “Take My Hand” offers a child’s-eye view of typical ADHD symptoms — all explained via a touching poem by Andrea Chesterman-Smith.
There has been plenty written about the “disorder” aspects of ADHD – problems with attention, focus, impulsivity and executive function skills in general. But having ADHD can bring with it “super powers.” These include: