“It’s Hard Being Different… and Even Harder Being OK with That.”

“’But, why?’ he asked. I had to tell him there was no answer; this was just the way he was made. And sometimes, being different is a gift — a difficult but incredible one that he would someday come to embrace. Of course, this isn't what he wanted to hear.”

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“’But, why?’ he asked. I had to tell him there was no answer; this was just the way he was made. And sometimes, being different is a gift — a difficult but incredible one that he would someday come to embrace. Of course, this isn't what he wanted to hear.”

“’But, why?’ he asked. I had to tell him there was no answer; this was just the way he was made. And sometimes, being different is a gift — a difficult but incredible one that he would someday come to embrace. Of course, this is not what he wanted to hear. His heart was broken.”

, but it wasn’t until this moment that it really hit home for him.So I sat with him and explained it all. I told him that his brain was like a speed tunnel — that it worked faster than other brains, and thus had trouble processing things in a steady, coherent manner. That it worked faster than he could get his words out. That what he thought he heard and understood didn’t always match up to what was actually said.

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[Get This Download: Overcoming Common Learning Challenges]Letters and words, I continued, don’t always look right on the page. And the weighted vest he wears is to help his body, which doesn’t always know where it is in space. His meds are to help slow down the brain so that he can process things better.

“But, why?” he asked. I had to tell him there was no answer; this was just the way he was made. And sometimes,being differentis a gift — a difficult but incredible one that he would someday come to embrace. Of course, this is not what he wanted to hear. His heart was broken. But I believe it needed to break so that he could learn how to heal. headtopics.com

We’ve worked hard since then to help Ryan be proud of who he is. While Ryan has to live with the brain and body he has 24/7 (and I’m sure he wants to scream and run from it at times), we’ve done our best to remind him all the while that he is not alone.

But it’s hard. He comes face to face with the reality of his challenges every day. Ryan has had to work twice as hard as most people all his life. Read more: ADDitude »

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