I’m learning about my brain, about how it affects my body and about how to control both.
It’s a constant feeling that something could go wrong – that I’m likely to do something wrong – at any moment.
The hitch is that kids like me, who have ADHD, sense threats all over the place, even when they aren’t real.
Far more important than his reading and other dyslexia-related difficulties, Brent’s confidence stopped at the edge of the ice.
Jovan, despite having spent hours and hours mastering NFL playbooks, will tell you that relationships are so much more powerful than Xs and Os.
Of course, tapping that calm intuition takes work. And practice. The anger is going to keep coming – yours and your athletes’.
Yes, he wanted them all to buy into the triangle offense. But he knew that the team would mesh only if each player was allowed to be himself.
I wish that I had understood back then why the boy in lane six never, ever remembered the set, even a minute after I had explained it.
Too often, coaches adopt a one-size-fits-all style, and that extends to how they discipline.
Noticing what they’re doing right and ignoring (at least for the moment) what they’re not will pay off in spades.
All kids want to have a good day. If they could do better they would. And most will, when you give them the tools and demonstrate how to use them.
The coach’s role is not to solve the problem, not to make the anxiety go away, but to help the athlete see that she is able to face and overcome the fear.
Kids with ADHD aren’t wimps. Far from it. The rejection and criticism actually hurt them more, much more, than other kids.