Story time. Part one: One of my first memories of school: on the first day of 1st grade, the teacher saying “everyone shake your crayon boxes and make noise like Natalie!” This was the first of many humiliating experiences I would have in school as a young, shy girl with ADHD. I was making noise... . I didn’t display wild behavior (this is a misconception about adhd...especially in girls). I was restrained and quiet in class, but I was quiet because I wanted to be invisible. I wanted to be “smart” like my friends for my entire school experience. Failure broke me.
2. Over and over again. If I could talk to myself as a little girl today I would say to her: “Your brain is different. Not broken. You are not stupid. In fact, you are brilliant in your own way. Music is your magic. You will find your people. Be you. Keep shaking your crayon box.”
3. If you have ADHD. If your child has ADHD. Celebrate the different brain. It is a huge challenge but I will say: I desperately needed an adult to look me in the eye and see me, not try to change me. I see you. #adhd #adhdawareness #neurodiversity #shakeyourcrayonbox #adhdparenting #adhdismysuperpower #neurodiversityisbeautiful #adhdkids #adultadhd #mydifferentbrain #womeninmusic #theartofadhd