How do you view your child’s ADHD: as a strength or a weakness?
Too often in life, we fail to see our strengths when they come disguised as what others perceive as weaknesses. This is especially prevalent in children diagnosed with ADHD, who may focus so much of their attention on what is perceived to be “wrong” with them, they lose sight of the abundant strengths that they uniquely bring. Sadly, these are strengths and talents that can often go untapped if not fully recognized as the assets they are.
We might start with reframing how we talk about the condition to begin with. With nearly 6.5 million kids in the US diagnosed with ADHD, can we really consider it to be a true disorder? Or should we recognize it as a new normal for increasingly large swaths of the population – bringing their own unique sensibilities and perspectives?
We can begin to change the paradigm when we start looking at a hyperactive mind and spirit as a source of strength, not merely a hindrance. History abounds with examples of high achievers who went on to great things because they harnessed their unique traits, not because they stymied them through medication. The same is true of millions who may not have their names in the newspapers, but have gone on to productive, valuable lives and careers.
I believe it begins with how we frame how we look at these millions of kids. Let’s flip our conception from “she has ADHD” to “she has a FastBraiin.” Instead of our default response falling to giving our kids pills to help them focus, let’s do the hard work ourselves – let’s figure out how to adapt our education system and our ways of working to set these special people up to succeed.
These kids aren’t hopeless. They’re not problems. They’re gifted – their brains work fast. That makes them stars! That makes them people capable of looking at the world in different ways and achieving special things. Their brains are simply wired differently. Letting our kids drown in anxiety about their differences will do nothing to set them up for success. That’s why it depends on teachers, medical professionals, and parents alike to flip the script and help our kids to see the full potential inherent in how they see life and process information differently than their peers.
The FastBraiin approach differs in a few key ways:
- It places the emphasis of responding to ADHS first and foremost by accentuating the positive, not the negative – leaving kids with hope and encouragement
- Positive in diagnosis and plan of care, seeing opportunities rather than challenges
- Recognizing and developing the unique strengths of individuals with ADHD and empowering them with the tools they need to thrive
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