Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is an inherited neurological condition that children experience in a number of ways. They may find it difficult to sustain concentration, control impulses, manage tasks, and tolerate frustration. ADHD can be particularly troublesome at school, where it often results in academic and disciplinary problems, social difficulties, and eroded self-confidence.
I have taught children with ADHD, raised a child with ADHD, and been a child with ADHD. Today, I counsel children with ADHD. I work with them to diminish the condition’s negative impact on how they learn, how they cope, and how they see themselves. I also work with parents to identify effective techniques for helping their ADHD children at home, for advocating at school, and for calming the disruption ADHD can bring to family life.
According to multiple studies, most people with ADHD do not simply “outgrow” it. More than 60% will retain symptoms into adulthood, experiencing them as obstacles to their careers, relationships, and self-confidence. When I work with ADHD adults, we approach the condition from two directions. The first identifies effective ways to manage such common daily challenges as keeping organized, staying on schedule, supervising projects, and regulating emotions. The second direction involves shifting away from seeing ADHD as a shameful weakness and, instead, recognizing the inner strengths that often characterize it – traits that include intuition, imagination, empathy and tenacity. Awareness of these has led many adults to understand their ADHD in a new way: not as a defect but a difference; not as a handicap but a gift.
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