Monthly Archives: December 2019

Where Are All the Characters with ADHD? Here!

When kids read or watch a TV show or movie, they are looking for stories that in some way reflect or validate their own experience. That’s why it is so important to provide students with media that reflect the real-world diversity found in the classroom.

We have compiled a list of characters with ADHD diagnoses (or who probably should have a diagnosis). Some of these characters are more appropriate for adults (you may regret showing your kids The Hangover), but there are options for just about any age!

We’d like to say that this is THE comprehensive list of characters with ADHD, but we are really only scratching the surface. By sharing a book, show, or movie where a main character has ADHD, you are showing your students that not only is having ADHD perfectly normal, but oftentimes the traits of ADHD can come in handy as the characters navigate the challenges they face.

Characters with an official ADHD diagnosis

Characters that have many ADHD traits but no diagnosis (perhaps because the term ADHD did not exist)

So, what do you think? Did we miss any of your favorites?

  • Elizabeth Ross, M.A., SMARTS Media Manager


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Why Do Teachers Love ResearchILD’s Learning Differences Conference?

Looking for a conference where you can learn more about executive function, ADHD, social-emotional outcomes, and how to support the success of all students? We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 35th Annual Learning Differences Conference!

This year’s Learning Differences Conference will be held on March 20–21, 2020, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. The conference theme focuses on executive function strategies as the antidote to stress in school.

Participants will explore current work on the importance of executive function strategies in mediating stress and fostering persistence and resilience in students as they navigate the many school challenges. You’ll hear about innovative research and the implications for effective clinical practice and classroom teaching. There will be an emphasis on executive function strategies that benefit all students from kindergarten through the college years and span reading, writing, math, and other content area subjects.

Is this conference for you? Why should you attend? What do other teachers get out of the conference? Samara Gupta, an attendee from last year, shares what she loved about the conference in the video below:

For more detailed information, view the conference brochure and register today.

Hope to see you there!

  • Elizabeth Ross, M.A., SMARTS Media Manager