ADHD is often cast in a negative light, especially regarding children. Even the word “deficit” speaks to the outdated idea that there is something that one lacks. Today, however, we’re going to hear a completely different perspective. Shelley Lippman, the mother of three (two have a learning difference), talks to us about how her call to be a parent led to an even greater calling than she could have imagined.
(Shelley on her ultimate goal.)
Shelley’s son, Sam, was diagnosed with ADHD as a toddler. When he entered school, things became tougher. The school was not informed enough to handle the intricacies of Sam’s situation. He was labelled “lazy”, “difficult”, or “disruptive”. Sadly, as a result, Sam suffered academically, socially, and emotionally. And so did his family.
Aware of the lasting negative impact the school’s handling could have on her son, Shelley stepped in to minimize the adverse impact. Keeping in mind that the school admins were “less-informed”, not “bad people”, Shelley worked (sometimes battled) with the school to implement measures that would both foster Sam’s creativity and, most importantly, bolster his confidence.
Little by little, the situation began to improve, with mom, child, and teachers working together to create a more sensitive and accommodating learning environment. Through the application of different learning approaches, leaning on strengths, executing contracts between student and teacher, applying out-of-the-box strategies, the persistence of a mom on a mission and after more than a few tears, Sam was able to graduate and move on to high school for a fresh start.
Shelley emphasized how important it was to encourage her son to explore, be curious, and find his passions and loves. Evidence points to the truth of this statement. Contrary to the early opinion of some, Sam claimed his own self-definition. He is now an entrepreneur and business co-founder, and along with his brother, graced the list of Forbes’ 30 Under 30!
IN TODAY’S CONVERSATION WE DISCUSS:
…And, much more!
Enjoy the “Tea”,
p.s. Need to find your own life purpose? Check out our episode episode with Dr. Ferrari, “Purpose & Calling: A Reason to Live.”
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso