I admit it. Sometimes I am not at my best. I get frustrated with my kid, his school, my work, the routine, and everything I need to get done in a day. But nothing is more disheartening than when other parents play the blame game for why my kid needs the extra attention that I and his school work so hard to give him.
Many SpiritedKids™ are battling a real medical diagnoses that affects their ability to focus and self-regulate their minds and bodies. These kids struggle at home, at school, and in their social environments. In addition, studies have shown them more likely to have sleep problems, obesity, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.
Some media outlets and parents have publicly doubted the extra challenges these kids face due to their respective diagnoses. In fact, a New York Times article stated “a large percentage [of those diagnosed] are unlikely to have any kind of physiological difference that would make them more distractible than the average kid.”
Instead, print and online sources say that the parents and the school system jump too quickly to conclude the diagnosis of their child. This causes parents and schools to doubt the treatment for the child or even prevent them to evaluate their child in the first place. Parents may think my kid “just has to work harder” instead of getting the help that they truly need.
I am not talking purely about medication as each SpiritedKid™ needs their own intervention strategy. Parent workshops , behavioural therapy, educational interventions/accommodations, organizational strategies, scheduling ahead of time , exercise, better sleep habits, and mindfulness can all contribute to helping your SpiritedKid™. My point is to keep an open mind when meeting families with SpiritedKids™.
After all, aren’t we all in this together?