As most of my readers already know, I don’t believe in keeping ADHD a secret from children that have it. I think it’s actually quite important for their growth and mental health to understand what makes them different and why they behave the way they do. It was frustrating for me as a child to feel and act different and yet, think I should be the same as everyone else.
Kara Tamanini has put together a very good poignant, encouraging story, with pleasing visual illustrations, about a young boy down on himself and confused as to why he acts differently. This story will be familiar to most of us with basic knowledge of ADHD, and will perhaps draw up childhood memories; however, this is for the younger children, still in the dark, and not yet capable of understanding clinical explanations. For the intended awareness of children with ADHD, this book is remarkable story telling, allowing parents an easy, unintimidating method of explaining ADHD to their child, or, children. For those of us sensitive to touching paper and viewing images, this book is extremely well done.
The exception: As someone who feels the hyperactive ADDers garner the most attention and the innattentives are usually left to suffer till later, sometimes too late, it is my hope Kara will put together a similar, well thought-out book for innattentive children as well.
What are your thoughts on teaching young children about their condition with regard to ADHD, or, perhaps even educating their friends and neighbors? Do you think it is best to explain as soon as the child can understand there are differences in their behavior, or, is it your opinion to wait until it is absolutely necessary? Any other thoughts about teaching the young?
Understanding My Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
By Kara T. Tamanini