Health and wellness touch everyone’s life differently. This is one person’s story.“Mom, I need to tell you something that happened at school today,” my third-grade daughter said to me at dinner one evening. “It’s really important. Can we talk privately?”
“Of course,” I responded, not sure what to expect.
Later, we walked into my bedroom, shut the door, and sat on my bed.
“Today, we were in the computer lab and had a timed math test,” she began. “I couldn’t answer the questions. I got really nervous because we were being timed. So, I walked over to Mrs. G and told her that I couldn’t do this if I was being timed.”
A smile spread across my face. At just 8 years old, she’d successfully advocated for herself, something even many adults are unable to do.
“I want you to know that not being able to take a timed test is part of your ADHD,” I explained.
Although she’d known about her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis for a year, I didn’t tell her about possible symptoms that she hadn’t yet experienced. For me, it was important that she shouldn’t expect to struggle with something because of a diagnosis. But if she does, she should understand why.
“Would you like me to talk to your teacher about this?” I asked.
“No,” she responded. “I took care of it.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, Mom. I handled it.”