A Little Bit at a Time

Excerpts of Stories by or About Persons with a Disability

Matt loves recess, lunch, and PE and he feels his best when he’s playing tag, king-of-the-hill or hide-and-seek with the other kids. Unforutunately, whenever it comes time to return to the classroom and sit down to work, Matt has trouble making the transistion as easily as the other kids. This is because performing “simple” actions like sitting still or following along with what the teacher is saying represent daily challenges for him due to his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Matt’s mind has trouble focusing one thing for more than a short while, causing him to forget important information or leave important tasks like cleaning his locker or doing his homework unfinished. This has significantly impacted his performance in the classroom as his lack of attention to the teacher has caused him to be unable to answer their questions leading others to believe that he is “dumb.” This is far from the case.

Matt is in fact very intelligent and incredibly creative, as well as being a tremendous athlete. He can put together whole worlds and epic stories in his head, and during Dodgeball games, he can often tag half the class out before anyone notices what’s happened. What Matt needs is some accomodation that will allow him to focus his attention and participate in class more effectivey.

Since his parents were able to start working on his executive functioning skills at home, Matt has been able to organise his time and his work and express his ideas more clearly. Although he has to take things a little slower than the rest of the class, and the teacher records her instructions for him for playback, Matt’s grades have improved, his overflowing, messy binders are a thing of the past. and he is able to keep up with the other kids in class—and then some.

 

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