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Five Reasons to Celebrate Your Child’s ADHD

We’ve all got our strengths and weaknesses. If we’re lucky, the adults we looked up to as kids taught us to take advantage of our strengths, which gave us the confidence to tackle our weaknesses. To build self-esteem and self worth, we’re taught not to zero-in on those things we do poorly. We should approach ADHD treatment the same way.

They see the big picture.

We’ve all been told throughout our lives the importance of seeing the “big picture” because so many of us get caught up with the little, minute details. Kids with ADHD are often excellent at seeing the big picture, in and out of the classroom. For example, while a child may have trouble remembering names or dates, he may far outshine his peers in understanding the broader significance of people or events in a historical context.

A sidetrack can wind up as the best track.

Kids with ADHD are often characterized by their distractibility and impulsiveness. They may rapidly shift their focus from one thought to another, or have urges to forge ahead into new areas of thought altogether. Thomas Edison, who invented the light bulb, was known for his easy distractibility. Like Edison, kids with ADHD can put the flexibility of their thought processes to great use generating groundbreaking innovation and productivity.

Discipline can be taught, creativity cannot.

Creativity in children with ADHD is sometimes misinterpreted as a lack of focus or a disconnection with what “matters.” Kids with ADHD are sensitive to inspiration and possess the natural ability to be bold in attempts to bring their imagination into the world. You can train one in discipline, but creativity is not so simply taught.

For them, it IS that easy being green.

Ecological consciousness is one of the common characteristics found in children with ADHD. They are known to have a deep curiosity about the living, breath­ing organic world and often feel connected with and attuned to nature and animals. This connection will prove increasingly important as the world shifts toward cleaner, greener living; kids with ADHD are among the best suited to become our future leaders of environmental stewardship.

They hear with a third ear.

Freud described a “third ear,” a tool to develop interpersonal intuition, which was critical, he thought, for developing interpersonal intuition. Listeners who didn’t focus on anything in particular processed what they heard with an open mind without the limits of expectation. Children with ADHD naturally possess this sharp “third ear” and are able to discern what’s not being said by sharp between-the-lines reading comprehension, keeping them effortlessly in tune with the emotions of others.

Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, author of “Gift of ADHD (2nd Edition)”