People Learn Differently – Different Doesn’t Mean You’re Broken


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I have a child with ADD/ADHD and the good news is when everyone said she would fail, she succeeded in graduating from not just high school but college and even made the dean’s list.  As a mom I was so proud and couldn’t put into words what I was feeling.


Through the the years I had denial, we went through testing, we went through tons of resoruces to help her.  I couldn’t believe my beautiful bright, happy daughter could have ADD/ADHD, but not wanting to be a medicating parent I waited too long to get her help and it made her elementary life miserable.


People have misconceptions about ADD&ADHD.  One child is like a monkey, you would think they have ADD but they don’t.  I went through all of these procedures and found that teachers are quick to medicate children so they can more easily control them.  I also found 2 teachers that insisted that because they are teachers they knew more than me and our doctor.


A friend showed me the video here, by Sir Ken Robinson and it has a lot of truth to it.  I would also like to make a few of my own points.  When I was growing up we had 3 recesses.  Now they have 1 1/2.  One of the things our patient doctor told us is to have them run it off.  So when my daughter started zoning out, I would have her run around the outside of the house house.  She later became fond of running and walking and doing it on her own.  So this tells me that maybe some of the issues that were so bad, could be fixed with more recess?  I’m not even going to start on sugar and the things kids take to school for a “healthy” treat.


In my opinion ADD is not diagnosed by a teacher, it can however be pointed out.  The teacher that found it in my one child said, look I think she has it and here is why.  Listed all of the information on a piece of paper and we took it to the doctor.  Another thing that impressed me with this teacher (Neal & I had her in school too LOL)  was that on her own time she attended seminars to help her students and the students families.  This was introduced to us so much better than saying “your kid has ADD get them fixed”.  You don’t fix ADD you learn to live with it.  You can even go off of medication when working with a doctor who is willing to help you.


My reason for even bringing this up?  My daughter hates it.  Drives me insane but has found a teacher who too has it.  They have found a common interest with each other and they are starting to think it’s not so bad.  The college professor taught my daughter that we all learn differently.  That just because someone is different doesn’t mean their broken. BINGO!  My daughter immediately responded positively to this teach and all she had to teach her.


I am so very thankful for the teacher that found it and presented it to us correctly and in a kind caring way.  I’m so very thankful that our school systems here have extra help for students with ADD.  Most of all I’m thankful they have found something in common with an adult that has it and isn’t afraid to help others.



4 comments for “People Learn Differently – Different Doesn’t Mean You’re Broken

  1. Pauline
    September 24, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I have 7 children and 2 of them have add/adhd bipolar ODD and IED thank you for this posting. Not everyone realizes that all people are different and learn at their own pace. They just need help and understanding. I’m glad there are people out there that do understand, although I personally have not found many where we live.

  2. Carol L
    September 25, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Congratulations to your beautiful daughter. Too easily a lot of teachers think they can identify ADD in children and know more then parent and Doctor. Bless the teacher who went as far as attending a seminar. Thank you for sharing.
    Carol L

  3. margaret peg m
    September 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    your daughter is lucky to have a mom like you…one who understands her as an individual and a mom who is supportive, kudos!

  4. November 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    We didn’t even have recess in school, all we had was lunch, there was no way to let out the energy for us kids, we had gym once a week for about 40 minutes. The rest of the time was spent sitting in a chair in a classroom learning.

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