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Penny Williams
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I completely disagree with telling kids with ADHD to “try harder.” Kids with ADHD and learning disabilities are already trying very hard at school. “Trying harder” doesn’t change their ADHD (the brain they were born with) and doesn’t provide any strategies or structure to help them with weaknesses. All it really does is deplete their self-esteem, increase their anxiety, and make them feel less than and broken.

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism