Following on from the last seven days which saw 'Dyslexia Awareness Week' take place in the UK, interestingly enough this coming week in the US it is 'ADHD Awareness Week'.
Below are ten great quotes I have found that either speak directly about ADHD-type learners or have some relevance to thinking through what it means to be diagnosed with this condition. They might be good for SEN teachers trying to raise awareness and understanding of the condition in their schools - with emphasis on the fact that the traits of this particular area of human diversity are much deeper, and more interesting, than inattentiveness.
>> "I prefer to distinguish ADD as attention abundance disorder. Everything is just so interesting . . . remarkably at the same time.” - Frank Coppola
>> “AD/HD = A Dynamo, Highly-Driven.” - Joan Brennan
>> "If we run every class the way we run it for kids with ADHD, we'd probably have a much stronger education system." - Robert Reid
>> "I don't think you can make a child have ADHD. A child is born with a predisposition, and the environment will make or break that predisposition." - Donna Palumbo
>> "The same right-brained children who are being labeled and shamed in our schools are the very individuals who have the skills necessary to lead us into the twenty-first century. These children process visually and randomly, and think holistically. They are intuitive problem solvers who get the big picture. They thrive on visual imagery and stimulation; these "attention deficit" kids can spend hours with computer and CD-ROM programs that mirror their thought processes. It's no wonder they are attracted to computers. The use of computers is congruent with the way right-brained children think." - Jeffrey Freed and Laurie Parsons
>> “It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.” - Vincent Van Gogh
>> "I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with a soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments." - Jim Morrison, musician
>> "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau
>> "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." - Frank Zappa
>> “They say a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind. What then is an empty desk a sign of?” - Albert Einstein