If you have ever had the pleasure of reading the book “If You Give a Moose A Muffin” by Laura Numeroff, then you have had a glimpse into the never ending cycles of the ADD/ADHD mindset.
In the book, if you give a moose a muffin, he will want some jam to go with it and off you go on a whirlwind adventure until you come back to the muffin and jam that you started with in the first place. Although this pattern lends itself nicely to wonderful children’s stories about imagination and adventure, it can be quite the opposite in real life.
People who suffer from this deep level of mental confusion often struggle to complete tasks, stay focused, leave projects incomplete, and are often daydreaming instead of doing the work at hand. This makes them look restless and impulsive and all to often they are misunderstood in the classroom as noisy, disruptive, and lazy.
This perception often leads to low self esteem and avoidance behaviors as the children begin to see themselves in this way. Eventually giving in and giving up, saying to themselves “I have tried as hard as I can and no one believes me, so why bother.”
Although it is never too late to deal with these issues, it is important to try to get these children in to Shift Brain Integration before adolescence if possible. That is the best time to rewire these settings and set them up for the best success in life as well as the classroom.