Now yes both kids got in trouble and Garrett felt really bad afterwards. He is not a bad child, he actually is most compassionate and won virtue of the month at his school for Kindness. I say this so those of you who say he just needs more discipline will shut up! The problem is that he really didn’t have control over it. His body went faster than the common sense to stop, there was no time to “think before you act”. Part of this makes my heart ache for him because he is getting punished for something that was beyond his control, while knowing that he has to be disciplined and learn.
I subscribe to a magazine that is the most wonderful resource for kids and adults with ADD/ADHD. It’s called ADDitude. Today in one of there emails I received a link to a wonderful article that will explain to you AND your child about ADHD.Here is the part I really liked:
I get to the point. “I have great news for you. We’ve learned a lot about you, Jeremy, and guess what? You have an amazing brain. Your brain is incredible.”
Jeremy looks up, and Mom and Dad lean back a bit. “Your brain is like a Ferrari. Do you know what a Ferrari is?” Jeremy nods, smiling. “Well, your brain is like a Ferrari race-car engine. It is very powerful. With the right care, you will win many races in your life.”
I pause. “But there is one problem.” Parents and son shoot looks at me. “You have bicycle brakes. Your brakes are not strong enough to control the powerful brain you’ve got. So, sometimes, you race past places where you mean to stop, or you ignore instructions you mean to hear. But don’t worry. I am a brake specialist. I will help you strengthen your brakes, so you can become the champion you are.” For the next 15 minutes, we discuss the race-car brain outfitted with bicycle brakes.
Here is a direct link to this article. It is sometimes very hard to explain to a person who does not “get it” how you can’t help it. If you or your child have ADD/ADHD how do you explain it?
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