When I talk about Elegant's ADHD, I usually focus on how hard it is to get her to focus in school or how we need to channel her energy. (And for the record, she only barely registers as hyperactive and most people don't notice it. It's her impulse control that is the larger issue and the reason for the "H" part of the diagnosis.)
What I haven't talked about here is how children with ADHD can also hyper-focus on something that interests them. In Elegant's case, she absolutely loves to read, so much so that she completely tunes out the world around her when she's immersed in a book. We have to actually tell Elegant things like, "Please close your book while you're walking."
Two examples in the past few days:
1. This weekend while we were with my family, we were getting ready to leave and Elegant was already deep into a book. My brother-in-law Andy -- the children's beloved Uncle Andy -- swooped in to hug Elegant. He wrapped his arms around her, picked her up, and was whispering all sorts of loving sentiments into her ear. Elegant had her arms wrapped around her uncle's neck...
... and was reading her book literally behind his back the entire time.
2. Last night, I went into Elegant's room to tuck her in. She was deeply immersed in Where the Sidewalk Ends -- a collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. I turned off the lights and turned on a dim nightlight. Then I walked around to El's bed to kiss her. She was puckered up, waiting for her kiss...
... while still reading in the dark.
Yes, we often have to go back upstairs to her room after we've tucked her and tell her to put her book away and go to sleep.
So I thought I'd share this today, just because I think it's so great when children love to read.
Have a good day.