5 MYTHS Youth Workers Believe about ADHD

That kid is hyper.

I hear the phrase a lot from youth workers and volunteers. They are focusing on high activity, low attention, and high distractibility. This outward behavior is obvious but they may have bought into at least 5 myths about ADHD that can be harmful to the student and to the ministry. Here’s what every youth worker needs to know.

Stop Multi-Tasking and Get More Done

That’s my take-away

from reading Distracted, by Maggie Jackson. 

Researchers have  found that we can’t focus on two things at the same time. They also found that competing thoughts in our head trip us up so that we never get into “the zone.” We skim the surface of a project and lack the deep concentration required to work quickly or produce excellence.

We think that we can do two things at the same time like a juggler who can keep five red balls in the air. What we have is divided attention. It slows us down, produces mistakes, and exhausts our minds.

“But I have so much to get done!!?” Right! That’s why you need to stop juggling 3-5 tasks at the same time and start doing this…