Kids with ADHD can seem unfocused, indecisive, impulsive and undisciplined. But they’re actually experiencing and processing the world around us in a different way. Gaining a little insight into their perspective — and understanding that it’s not simply a matter of them needing to sit still and focus — can go a long way toward upping our empathy.
That’s where this beautiful Swedish video called Falling Letters, by Erik Rosenlund, comes in. It’s just four minutes long and has no dialogue, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be crying by the end.
Author Rachel Garlinghouse writes for Scary Mummy that, as a parent to a child with ADHD, this video made her realise she’d been more focused on how frustrating it was for her to parent her son, rather than what ADHD is like for him. And that it helps us see the beauty they see:
What I desperately wish is that others could see all the amazing qualities my child with ADHD has, including friendly, polite, creative, and smart. And those “bad” qualities? While someone might deem my child distracted, I would clapback that kids with ADHD are noticers. While other kids might run past a flower, my child, like the one in the video, would take the time to examine it, pick it, and use it to create something intricate and beautiful.
Even if you don’t have a child with ADHD, it’s valuable to watch this video — and share it with your kids. Because chances are you know and love someone with ADHD, and this can help you to better understand what a typical day is like for them.