We asked Sawyer Farnan to make a video “letter” to parents of ADHD children. Sawyer is an 11-year-old boy with ADHD who was willing to pass on his hard-earned wisdom to any young kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD — or whose parents suspect that their child’s impulsivity and hyperactivity might be ADHD.
We asked him a series of questions (listed below) about what it was like to have this condition, starting when he was very young and how it has changed as he got older.
We also asked Sawyer to give young kids with ADHD, and their parents, any practical tips that he thinks will make their lives go better.
The interview with him is long because he’s very articulate and we knew he would answer many questions that our client families have asked us about how to be “great” in dealing with this condition in their child.
Sawyer has much to share with you about his experiences and what worked and didn’t with his parents, teachers and himself.
Sawyer’s situation is unique to him – other kids with ADHD would have different
advice and different experiences, but we hope his viewpoints and suggestions will be comforting, reassuring and informative for you. That was certainly our intention, and Sawyer’s as well.
Here are some of the questions that we asked him:
When did you first notice having ADHD? When were you first diagnosed?
Can you describe how ADHD feels in your body? Have you learned to control the impulsivity?
What would you like parents to understand about their child’s ADHD?
Have medications affected your concentration at school?
Can you tell us about the multitasking functions of ADHD?
How can a parent best deal with their child interrupting them?
What would you tell young kids about how to deal with their parents especially when they feel the need to interrupt?
How can parents of children with ADHD best practice mutually respectful communication with these challenges?
What is the best win-win solution for getting yourself heard if you are a kid with ADHD?
What are some of the benefits of having ADHD?
What advice can you give a child who has ADHD who is having trouble with other kids at school, being teased?
Conclusion: This has been one young man’s best effort to give the child who has ADHD (and his or her parents) a great attitude to have in dealing with this condition known as ADHD – that of considering it as a unique way of being that has some particular needs and several specific gifts.
By Dr. Lonnie Green, M.Ed., PhD
Call to action for parents and teachers: If you suspect that your child or student has ADHD please feel free to call me for a free consultation and I would be happy to assist you in figuring out your next steps to dealing successfully with this situation. Having a child with ADHD does not have to be difficult or problematic for you, especially if you start early enough before a very negative sense of self can set in for your child. Give yourself and your unique child a break and get the support you all need; call 415-302-0095 to speak with Jill.