View Full Version : A Fantastic ADD poem, please read!!


BlackAdder
07-22-05, 12:51 PM
A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to LBC,a UK talk radio station on 97.3 FM.
One of the guest was a guy called Ben Polis, an ADHD guy who had written a book on his life experiences.

They had alot of callers, especially mums with ADHD kids and a few adults with it as well
(I didn't call cos' I was driving:D!)
Anyway this one woman phoned and was talking about her kid and how he was almost picked
on by a teacher because he/she didn't realise the boy had ADHD.
The mum gave the teacher a poem by Kathy Winters called "The Misunderstood Child".
I now have this poem,it touched me so much I just had to tell you guys about it.

the poem is here http://myautis.com/poem12.html

and Ben Polis is here http://www.benpolis.com

(to be honest, he's trying to sell his book) sorry to sound cynical, but there is a wealth of info on this forum.

adhdxyz
07-24-05, 10:54 AM
Thanks for sharing the "The Misunderstood Child". It really hit home.

Whenever I come across a good add/adhd poem, I always save it, print it and share it. This one is definitely worth passing on....especially to teachers.

jacaboon
07-24-05, 12:55 PM
I felt as if it was my child who wrote it. As an adult Adder it's hard to imagine others like you but for a child they feel so alone. I will give him this to let him know that he is who he is and people who judge, without facts, are ingnorant...Thanks, Jac

Lipz17
07-28-05, 03:17 PM
ooooooooooooooo how presious,it was as if my child wrote this as well and i printed it to show this to them.

BlackAdder
07-29-05, 12:44 PM
I'm glad it helps....I knew it would!!!

*~ žEEK ~*
04-12-06, 06:13 PM
Is the link to the "ADD Poem" in the very first message an invalid link for anyone but myself?
If it is a dead link, does anyone know of a new link to the poem?

Thanks,
*~ žEEK ~*

chameleon
04-12-06, 06:26 PM
dead link for me too

chloe516
04-12-06, 06:30 PM
dead as a doornail!

but..... I found it on another website! :D (just HAD to know what it said!)

http://www.motherswithattitude.com/contributors/misunderstood.html

chameleon
04-12-06, 06:36 PM
Thanks Chloe :D

I notice though, that it's not just a poem about ADD. It's about all hidden disabilities. I suspect it includes what her son also has - Asperger and Tourettes.
I was never a tantrum thrower myself. I think that has a lot to do with upbringing though, it just wouldn't have been put up with.

casper
04-12-06, 11:22 PM
Good poem...I will indeed pass it on

casper
04-12-06, 11:30 PM
I just ordered the book-It sounds soo good!

*~ žEEK ~*
04-13-06, 10:44 AM
Thanks to you all for your help with the dead link and especially for the new link.
I sent it to my mom! She'll dig it cuz she's a teacher!
It's interesting how everyone reads it, but comes away with a slighty different perspective as to what disabilities she is refering to in the poem.
For example...

I am the child that can't catch the ball
And runs with an awkward gait.


That particular passage made me think of my 7 year old niece who received a severe head injury from a car accident a couple of years ago and is now crippled on one side of her body and so she now walks with and awkward gait.

Yet, many of the other passages remind me of ADD!
The poem covers nearly every disability I could think of!

Very nice poem indeed! :)








Again thank you all,*~ žEEK ~*
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jess
04-13-06, 01:11 PM
hi there Casper,
if its the ben polis book was reading it last night it is rather good and sure yull like it . jess

the poem was lovely ( wiping away tears )

ClarityWhere
04-14-06, 05:45 AM
wow, gotta read this.

I'm surfing a couple of sites right now and when I first saw the thread title, I thought it said "fantastic ADD porn" and wondered what on earth +that+ would be ...

chloe516
04-14-06, 10:23 AM
wow, gotta read this.

I'm surfing a couple of sites right now and when I first saw the thread title, I thought it said "fantastic ADD porn" and wondered what on earth +that+ would be ...
HAAAAHAAAAHAAAAA!!!!!!:D That's hilarious!!! I misread things all the time, but that is one of the best!!!!!

I have ideas about ADD porn, but don't know if I can say it in public forum. Let's just say very creative! ;)

boardtabitz
05-26-06, 08:15 PM
My older children are athletes and I have noticed many adhd probables on the teams - often the stars. They are not always the nicest people to be around but the physical activity must help them to focus.

As a kid I could strike out in kick ball.

*~ žEEK ~*
05-27-06, 10:32 AM
wow, gotta read this.

I'm surfing a couple of sites right now and when I first saw the thread title, I thought it said "fantastic ADD porn" and wondered what on earth +that+ would be ...
LOL, yeah I do that kinda of stuff all the time! I know it's just my dyslexia, but often I wonder where my mind is, in the gutter??

Take care, and thanks for the laugh!
*~ žEEK ~*

boardtabitz
05-27-06, 12:00 PM
LOL, yeah I do that kinda of stuff all the time! I know it's just my dyslexia, but often I wonder where my mind is, in the gutter??

Take care, and thanks for the laugh!*~ žEEK ~*
Maybe I should start a new thread for that but what does it have to do wtih dyslexia? I'm constantly having to do double takes with signs because I read them in some bizarr way that cracks me up and I think that can't right and look again.

*~ žEEK ~*
05-27-06, 01:48 PM
What does it have to do wtih dyslexia?Rather than me trying to explain dyslexia again, (Which is quite a difficult task!) Please see my #18 post in this thread --> http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27334

However, just generally speaking, dyslexic people obviously mis-identify words all the time!! And quite often these mistakes are extremely humorous! Especially after we figure out exactly what the sentence was "really" suppose to say!! LOL :D Then throw in a little ADD with the dyslexia, and it only makes matters worse! And the more tired one gets the funnier the mistakes seem to get! :)

But I must admit that, as a child with dyslexia, it wasn't humorous to me at all back then! :( However, I am almost 43 years old, and nowdays it just makes me laugh! :) It's almost like free entertainment for the ADD part of my brain, which seems to get bored with whatever I am reading quite often, and likes to throw in a little inattention in with my dyslexia, just to keep things interesting while I am trying to read! LOL :D

Peace, :)
*~ žEEK ~*

boardtabitz
05-27-06, 06:32 PM
I'll tell you why I asked on your other thread because I don't want to mess up this one.

KooKoo4cocopufs
12-01-06, 09:43 AM
OK, so I'm an idiot...that made me cry!!! Not only because it brings back so many memories, it just reinforces that I really need to get my daughters evaluated...I was just diagnosed and started meds this week.....

cry, silly I know!

casper
12-02-06, 02:18 AM
I did indeed read the book. Very interesting, not as well written as I would have liked, but still a good read.

Ian
12-02-06, 12:04 PM
My older children are athletes and I have noticed many adhd probables on the teams - often the stars. They are not always the nicest people to be around but the physical activity must help them to focus.

As a kid I could strike out in kick ball. Have you noticed this thread (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34538)?

edit: oops, didn't note the date on the post. A day late and a dollar short! Again! :p

deanbro
09-27-07, 08:07 AM
i have no response to that...but if you put an add out selling add porn, you would probably get lots of hits

Garry
09-28-07, 04:14 AM
The Misunderstood Child
A poem about children with hidden disabilities

by Kathy Winters

I am the child that looks healthy and fine.
I was born with ten fingers and toes.
But something is different, somewhere in my mind,
And what it is, nobody knows.

I am the child that struggles in school,
Though they say that I'm perfectly smart.
They tell me I'm lazy -- can learn if I try --
But I don't seem to know where to start.

I am the child that won't wear the clothes
Which hurt me or bother my feet.
I dread sudden noises, can't handle most smells,
And tastes -- there are few foods I'll eat.

I am the child that can't catch the ball
And runs with an awkward gait.
I am the one chosen last on the team
And I cringe as I stand there and wait.

I am the child with whom no one will play --
The one that gets bullied and teased.
I try to fit in and I want to be liked,
But nothing I do seems to please.

I am the child that tantrums and freaks
Over things that seem petty and trite.
You'll never know how I panic inside,
When I'm lost in my anger and fright.

I am the child that fidgets and squirms
Though I'm told to sit still and be good.
Do you think that I choose to be out of control?
Don't you know that I would if I could?

I am the child with the broken heart
Though I act like I don't really care.
Perhaps there's a reason God made me this way --
Some message he sent me to share.

For I am the child that needs to be loved
And accepted and valued too.
I am the child that is misunderstood.
I am different - but look just like you.




[Kathy Winters is a part-time writer and full-time mother of three. She has a 14-year-old son with Asperger Syndrome and an 11-year-old son with ADHD/Tourettes Syndrome. She welcomes your