ADHD Student: One Teen's High School Success

How one high school student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) made it to the head of her class.

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ADD/ADHD in Middle School

Middle school changed everything. "Julia was assigned to a special-ed math class, and she decided, ‘I want to do better,'" says Irene. And she did. With tutors, medication, parental guidance, and plenty of determination, Julia turned herself into a scholar.

Today, Julia, a straight-A student, still needs support: extra time on tests, assisted note-taking, and seating at the front of the class. "Reading takes me longer than most students in my class," she says. No problem. Julia dedicates whatever time it takes to get her work done.

Medication is an everyday necessity. "When I skip a dose of medication, I can't focus on the things I need to do, because other things get me off track," she says. "Medication helps me in other ways as well: It makes me a better driver."

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TAGS: ADHD in High School, Learning Disabilities, Diagnosing Children with ADHD

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