So you may or may not know, that October is ADHD Awareness Month
Ever since I began helping families with kids who simply don’t fit the box or mould, my heart and passion is for all the amazing & exceptional kids (of which there are many) in the world who are misunderstood and even mismanaged on a daily basis.
Whether it be Autism, Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Irlens, SPD and so the list goes on, there is such a lack of knowledge and awareness for the extensive childhood conditions that are prevalent in our day and it’s long overdue for change. Quite simply, these kids are totally worth it.
So this month is all about ADHD, an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and if I had my way, I would rename it ADHG. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Gifting.
Why? Well because more often than not, overshadowed by their more obvious and evident outward behaviours, are many gifts and talents that may easily be missed and not revealed if not for dedicated parents/guardians, professional therapists and in some cases, teachers and teaching staff.
Sadly, I have had instances where autism and aspergers were viewed as real and acceptable, however in the same breath, that ADD, ADHD and others were simply from bad parenting or just rebellious, ill behaved children. This simply isn’t the case. Not discounting that there may be poor examples of parenting and also ill behaving, rebellious children, but stating it in this way, brings forth incorrect labelling. And labelling can be dangerous, restrictive, unhelpful, unsympathetic, uncompassionate, ignorant and quite simply, creates a box that these kids, if you’ll remember, never fit into in the first place!
So join me if you would, as I share my heart, my thoughts, my observations and lots of shared pages and information as we go through the month of October, hoping to spread the word on the world of Amazing children everywhere, children whose brains are wired differently, not wrongly, or badly, or naughtily, just differently. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought being different is kinda cool and the only way to be.
Different = Unique. And that’s a good thing.