"Not reaching your potential"

Hello friends,

One of the first places that signs of ADHD show up is in school.

We're thrust into an environment full of societal expectations that go against our nature.

Schedules, homework, organization, due dates, etc.

Teachers often punish a student that refuses to do homework or always turns in assignments late. But these are often cries for help.

When a teacher writes "fails to meet potential" or "could do better if they applied themselves" in a report card, these are signs there is something more than just laziness or lack of willpower.

When I saw these in my report cards, I didn't know what to do.

What I heard was "you should be doing better, why are you failing?" without any suggestions for how I could do better.

So I "tried harder" and blamed myself when I still failed.

Hello, broken self-esteem.

Children with ADHD have an average 30% developmental delay of executive function (working memory, organization, self-control, etc). This means that a 12-year-old with ADHD has the organization skills of an 8-year-old.

A teacher may think "surely they are old enough to do [age-appropriate activity]", but if that activity is one that requires executive function, they are judging by the wrong age scale.

We need to better educate our teachers on the warning signs of ADHD.

Stay focused,

Jesse J. Anderson

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