This guest post from Sunny Aldrich comes to you thanks to a random exchange on Facebook. It went like this:
Gina: Here in San Francisco, we are looking forward to hosting this year’s CHADD conference! I hope out-of-towners can add a few days to their stay for enjoying the area.
Sunny: I can’t wait! Anywhere warm sounds good right now. It was -4 in Wasilla, AK today.
Gina: You’re in Wasilla?? You’ll be a big celebrity in SF!
Sunny: No doubt! Alaskans are more like visitors from another planet. The rest of our countrymen are used to foreigners. But not the kind who hunt moose, ski in bikinis, bicycle in -40 weather and eat whale blubber or dried fish. Next year’s conference should be here. I’m convinced this is the ADHD capitol of the world.
Gina: I just read Levi Johnston’s book (Deer in the Headlights), and I’m convinced of that, too!
Sunny: Well it makes perfect sense! ADD’ers are “mavericks” who seek adventure, want to take the road less traveled, like to try new and different things and want to march to their own drum. Adrenaline junkies? Alaska’s the place. Extreme sports? Doesn’t get more extreme than here. Can’t sit at a desk and want an outside job? Alaska’s got those to spare. Just watch Deadliest Catch and Flying Wild Alaska and all those shows… And since it’s hereditary I think there’s a REASON Alaska has the highest paid teachers in the U.S.! They should get hazard pay, as far as I’m concerned. My son’s kindergarten teacher had six boys with ADHD in her mixed grade class (K-2nd) out of 21 kids. Including my kid I could pick out at least 3 others just in that grade level with moderate to severe ADHD. Mine was the only one medicated… poor lady!!
Gina: Sunny, would you write a piece about this for the ADHD Roller Coaster blog?
Sunny said yes, and here it is: Read the rest of this entry »