Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Here's What ADHD Kids Are & Aren't! by Heather Holter

Special Needs
5 years ago

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Here's What ADHD Kids Are & Aren't!

It's no secret that my 12-year-old son has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He was diagnosed at age 8. I was devastated at the time but I have learned a lot since then. ADHD kids are often misunderstood, but they are a benefit, not a burden! I would like to share with you what ADHD kids are and what they aren't.

ADHD kids aren't:

  • out of control
  • bratty
  • insubordinate 
  • lazy 
  • purposely annoying
  • spoiled
  • naughty
  • lacking rules
  • unintelligent
  • unmotivated

I have heard these things used to describe my son. They simply aren't true. It may appear that way to those who don't know about or understand his disorder.

What ADHD kids are:

  • fidgety
  • distracted
  • challenged by simple tasks
  • smarter than average
  • brilliant
  • creative
  • active
  • resilient
  • persistent
  • easily entertained

Some of these traits are very beneficial! Society needs to see these kids as an asset instead of a burden. Many ADHD kids grow up to do great things! Pablo Picasso, Michael Phelps, Justin Timberlake, Will Smith, Steve Jobs and many others have ADHD. Let's all start viewing these kids by what they can do instead of what they can't, because if we build them up they will do great things! 

I can't wait to see what mine does! He amazes me every day!

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Elisa Schmitz
How wonderful. Thank you for sharing this positive perspective, Heather Holter . It really helps to show the reality of kids with ADHD!
100% YES! Heather Holter thank you for writing this tip! It is so important that we try to remain positive with children (and adults) with ADHD vs always being focused on the negative. The impact is huge either way and I know that I would rather leave a positive impact with my interactions than a long lasting negative!
Mike Prochaska
ADHD can be a gift too..
Gregg Halstead
Thank you for this, Heather Holter . My son was diagnosed last month. Posts like these are what we need right now.

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