Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

A Whole School Approach – ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

In response to the new model for allocating resources to children with special needs, staff at St. Brigid’s have a whole school approach to ADHD.

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St. Brigid’s has an Active School flag. Children with ADHD thrive on activity. You can read about some of our Active School activities HERE

There is excellent information available on the ADHD Ireland website. Check HERE to see information for children, parents and teachers.

Click HERE for a children’s guide to ADHD www.adhdfoundation.org.uk

Photo Credit: ADHD Foundation

 

Famous People with ADHD

It may be useful for your child to know about famous people who are successful and have ADHD. The list includes Michael Phelps (Olympic swimming gold medalist) Jamie Oliver, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Will Smith, Emma Watson, Justin Bieber and Will.i.am.

Developing and sustaining a child’s self esteem is very important.

The following is available in a number of places on the internet, so we cannot find the original source. Parents of students with ADHD may recognize these traits in their child.

25 Good Things About Attention Hyperactivity Disorder

1. Lots of energy

2. Willing to try things and take risks

3. Ready to talk, and can talk a lot

4. Gets along well with adults

5. Can do several things at one time

6. May be smart

7. Needs less sleep

8. Good sense of humour

9. Good at taking care of younger children

10. Spontaneous

11. Sees details other people miss

12. Understands what it is like to be teased or to be in trouble therefore understanding of other children

13. Can think of different and new ways to do things

14. Volunteers to help others

15. Happy and enthusiastic

16. Imaginative – creative

17. Articulate – can say things well

18. Sensitive – compassionate

19. Eager to make new friends

20. Courageous

21. Fun to be with

22. Great memory

23. Charming

24. Warm and loving

25. Cares a lot about families

A.D.H.D.

Take my hand and come with me,

I want to teach you about ADHD.

I need you to know,

I want to explain,

I have a very different brain.

Sights, sounds, and thoughts collide.

What to do first? I can’t decide.

Please understand I’m not to blame,

I just can’t process things the same.

 

Take my hand and walk with me,

Let me show you about ADHD.

I try to behave, I want to be good,

But I sometimes forget to do as I should.

Walk with me and wear my shoes,

You’ll see its not the way I’d choose.

I do know what I’m supposed to do,

But my brain is slow getting the message through.

Take my hand and talk with me,

I want to tell you about ADHD.

I rarely think before I talk,

I often run when I should walk.

It’s hard to get my school work done,

My thoughts are outside having fun.

I never know just where to start,

I think with my feelings and see with my heart.

Take my hand and stand by me,

I need you to know about ADHD.

It’s hard to explain but I want you to know,

I can’t help letting my feelings show.

Sometimes I’m angry, jealous, or sad.

I feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and mad.

I can’t concentrate and I lose all my stuff.

I try really hard but it’s never enough.

Take my hand and learn with me,

We need to know more about ADHD.

I worry a lot about getting things wrong,

Everything I do takes twice as long.

Everyday is exhausting for me…

Looking through the fog of ADHD.

I’m often so misunderstood,

I would change in a heartbeat if I could.

Take my hand and listen to me,

I want to share a secret about ADHD.

I want you to know there is more to me.

I’m not defined by it, you see.

I’m sensitive, kind and lots of fun.

I’m blamed for things I haven’t done.

I’m the loyalist friend you’ll ever know,

I just need a chance to let it show.

Take my hand and look at me

Just forget about the ADHD.

I have real feelings just like you.

The love in my heart is just as true.

I may have a brain that can never rest,

But please understand I’m trying my best.

I want you to know,

I need you to see,

I’m more than the label,

I am still me!

~Author Unknown