Brenda's series focuses on children who have ADHD.
When I read the book to each class, I included a brief discussion about ADD and ADHD. We talked about the differences and quite a few kids raised their hands to tell me that they have been diagnosed as either. Each page took approximately 2 minutes as we discussed Squirrely's behavior and whether it was acceptable or not. When the story ended, I explained to each class that Mrs. Tina is just like Squirrely. They all looked so shocked....wondering what I meant by that. Here I was sitting still, reading, and keeping the class in check. I further explained that Mrs. Tina has ADD and takes medicine every morning with breakfast. And because of that medicine, I'm able to focus, stay on track, and do more than one thing at a time. I passed on Brenda's name and information to the school counselor and librarian. They both want copies of this amazing book to share with family, friends, and students.
Thank you Brenda for bringing this topic to light. Everyone needs to understand that ADD and ADHD are not naughty words, and should not be thought of as taboo. Awareness is key!