Hi! I’m 11 and I was born in South Korea. I came to North America when my parents adopted me when I was only 3 months old. Pretty neat huh!
As a toddler, I was into everything. My parents used to say they were prepared for an active child but I was exhausting. Ha ha! One day, my day care teacher told my parents that “Your daughter sure is cute but she sure is a bundle of energy!” I guess that’s when they knew something was different about me. When I began grade school, the differences became more obvious.
I was doing really well in school but the teachers kept calling my parents saying that I wouldn’t pay attention in class. I liked my teacher – I just couldn’t stay focussed on one thing at a time. Things didn’t get better, even after talking to both my parents and teachers so we decided to get some help.
After several tests, including a medical history, a medical examination, observations of me at home and in the classroom, and behavior assessment, the professionals told me I had ADHD. Once we learned that, many things in our lives began to improve. At school, a special team of school professionals and my family put together an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for me. This plan really helps me with my school work and my social skills. I am now in the 5th grade. I meet with the school several times a month and I am always learning new ways to stay focused and deal with being a little different.