An Open Letter To My Kids’ Teachers About ADHD

You’ve undoubtedly been working hard the first few weeks of school organizing your classroom and getting to know a new group of students. Among the nervous and excited kids flooding your classrooms, one of them may be a kid with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)… and one of them may be mine.

Please know, not all kids with ADHD are the same. My son and daughter, for example, are entirely different, but at their core, struggle with distractibility and executive function skills. Not long ago, these kids were commonly referred to as “busy boys who didn’t apply themselves.” (My husband was one of them in the 1980s.) Although the term ADHD labels it as a “disorder,” I like to think of it as “dynamic.”

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