Friday, January 11, 2008

On ADHD and the Baha'i Child: In a delight driven, nature loving, soup slurping, song singing, skill gathering family of seven

Soup for slurping. Uploaded on February 21, 2007 by wEnDaLicious on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

I love this post and blog. -gw

He is an advocate for the normal variations in personality seen in kids with ADHD and points out that these "problem" kids do just fine in unrestricted environments and that the phenomena of "growing out of ADHD" is more an issue of reaching adulthood and then seeking out environments that are of their own choosing, as they work on tasks that interest them.

The trick is for them to make it to adulthood with their self esteem intact so they feel they can make those choices. From the research I've been doing this task is MUCH harder for girls than it is boys. Mainly because girls are more socially keyed in and aware of their differences and bothered by it. I see this in Nature Girl, and it scares me. The thing is, Nature Girl has taken part in many extracurricular activities and none of those teachers would ever say she had any kind of a disability or attention problem - soccer, skiing, art classes, dance classes, violin lessons, and her Baha'i children's classes.

The main players here are:
Mud Mama – artist, weed witch, and defender of child like wonder in the world.
Papa Pan – musician, teacher, and community gathering aficionado and conductor
The Arch Angel – polyglot, defender of classic rock, and garage band noise levels
Dark Mirror – quirky cultural anthropologist, and proud geek of all things
Nature Girl – whirling dervish of questions, and future Green Goddess
Wild Thing – masked crusader for all things BOY
The Sprout – currently a boob loving bundle of peachy goodness
Contributors: Mud Mama * Nature Girl * DarkMirror

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