Sample Dialogue for Talking About ADHD

If your child has questions, keep your answers simple, brief, and upbeat. Here's how.

CHILD:Does having ADD mean I'm stupid?
PARENT:Not at all. It means you have a quick mind. It means you can do things that lots of people can't do.

CHILD:I don't want to have ADD. Can I get rid of it?
PARENT:Tell me why you don't want to have it, and I bet I can help you turn ADD into something you want to have!

CHILD:Should I tell my friends about my medication?
PARENT:Only if you really want to. Some kids don't understand ADD or what the medication does. Honestly, it's none of their business.

CHILD:Will I always have ADD?
PARENT:ADD usually lasts into adulthood. But by then, you will have learned how to deal with ADD so well that you'll enjoy having it.

CHILD:Why is it called attention-deficit disorder? I don't think I have a disorder.
PARENT:Good for you! It is a dumb term. So let's make up a name that we both like.

CHILD:Can I still be a (doctor, teacher, reporter, etc.) when I grow up?
PARENT:You can be anything you want to be. As long as we take care of it now, ADD does not have to hold you back. In fact, it can become a real advantage for you.

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