EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE great for children—especially those who have been diagnosed
with ADHD—as long as you find the
right fit. I enrolled my child in karate.
I thought it would be a great way for her
to use her energy and practice focusing.
Although she did well in class, her anxiety got the best of her on testing days.
While the other kids were excited about
earning their next belt, mine had a panic
attack, so I pulled her out.
She is artistic, so I enrolled her in a
drawing class. Every week, she’d come
home with a magnificent drawing that I
complimented her on and hung up. Halfway into the session, though, she told
me she wasn’t enjoying the class. She
didn’t like being told what to draw, or
the fact that the other students were
drawing the same thing that she was.
I took her out of the class.
So I tried something different this
year. I enrolled her in a drama class, and
I practiced her lines with her. On the day
of the play, I was the first one there.
When she delivered her lines, she blew
me away. She was focused and confident,
and was having the time of her life. Her
drama experience has boosted her self-esteem. She now has the confidence to
thrive with ADHD, and I will be cheering
her along. —CRISTINA MARGOLIS
you’re;doing;something;right.”;—MY S TORY, PAGE 26
16 GROWING UP WITH ADHD: EARLY, MIDDLE, TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT YEARS 26 M Y STORY
A Star Is Born
The right activity turns a
child’s frowns into smiles.
The author gives
actress a hug.