Saturday, August 23, 2008

Michael Phelps: Finding focus

When I heard that gold medal Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps (the most decorated Olympic athlete in history), has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), I admit I felt a pang of excitement. I was excited that he's not only another amazing role model for people of all ages with ADHD, but he's yet another person who has proven, to anyone who has ever told a child with ADHD "you can't," "you won't," "you'll never," or "you shouldn't," that anything is possible. Phelps can be added to a long list of "famous" individuals, from presidents to scientists to artists to actors to writers to athletes, who have found a focus and reached great success in life, despite having ADHD or ADD.

Yesterday I came across the two articles below - good reads for parents (and educators) who have a child with ADHD.
Click on the titles to be linked to the articles.

Michael Phelps' Mom Gives Parenting Advice - Here's a great article from ADDitude Magazine about the moms of Michael Phelps, Ty Pennington (from ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), and Danielle Fisher, the youngest person to ever climb Mt. Everest, as well as all of the "Seven Summits." The article explains how these moms parented their children with ADHD, and how their support made a positive impact.

ADHD and After-School Activities: Finding the Right Fit - from WebMD

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