There is no shame in having ADHD

It’s hard to believe in 2012 people still feel stigmatized about having a neurological disorder like ADHD or dyslexia.  I can understand in previous generations how a stigma would exist, but now?

When a child is near-sighted we buy them glasses.  When a child has asthma, we medicate them.  Why is it that when a child has ADHD, they are scrutinized, ostracized, and demonized by teachers, peers, and parents?

This has got to stop!  Dr. Hallowell, a well-known ADHD expert and advocate, speaks this message loud and clear.  I echo his sentiments. The real disability is not the impacts of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness.  It’s the invisible disability — that is the shame kids feel.  This permanently damages their self worth and self esteem.   Instead we need to accept these kids for who they are and embrace them!  It’s the same message we are saying to school age children to reduce bullying.  Acceptance and tolerance.    Parents, is your ADHD child accepted by their teachers?

Katherine Price coaches parents on everything from behavior modification plans to IEP goals.  She helps DC area parents get the ADHD help and resources they need by guiding them through the options available to them, connecting with the right people, and making a workable, affordable plan for the whole family.  For more information about ADHDC, go to www.ADHDC.com.

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