The Upside of Having a Child with
ADHD . . . SUPER-ACHIEVEMENT!!
By: Krystal W. Abbott
Did you know that some of the most talented, successful and creative people in the world have ADHD?? These individuals were able to turn their gifts into success BECAUSE of ADHD and not IN SPITE of it! Michael Phelps, Olympic gold Medalist (14 of them to be exact) and he broke seven world records; Ty Pennington, the star of the ABC hit television series, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition;" Danielle Fisher, the youngest person to scale all seven of the world’s tallest mountains" But wait . . . check out this sampling of other ADHD individuals:
Anne Bancroft (actress)
Beethoven (composer and pianist)
Alexander Graham Bell (inventor)
Ervin "Magic" Johnson (basketball player & businessman & sports analyst)
Stevie Wonder (singer and songwriter)\
Thomas Edison (inventor)
Lewis Carroll (author, mathmetician, logician, and photographer)
Leonardo da Vinci (artist)
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (United States Marine Corps Officer (medal of honor & navy cross))
Hans Christian Anderson (author)
John F. Kennedy (former President of the United States)
Robin Williams (actor and comedian)
Henry Winkler (actor)
Walt Disney (producer, director, screenwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and animator)
Ansel Adams (photographer and environmentalist)
Albert Einstein (physicist) . . . and the list goes on . . .
Our children are in the company of greatness! As parents, let’s "focus" on that and continue to encourage and support our children’s strengths in an effort to also pull them up from their weaknesses.