Here at the University of Sheffield, we are interested in how technology can help children and young people manage their ADHD properly so that they can go on to lead successful lives.
In order to do this, Miss Lauren Powell and Dr Jack Parker (School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield) held a workshop at Ryegate Children’s Centre that involved children with ADHD and their parents using Lego to share their experiences of ADHD and how they think technology could help them manage their ADHD.
One child made a Lego model of a guard dog. They wanted to feel safe and liked boundaries (there was a structure either side of the dog) in their life:
Another child made a model that represented something that doesn’t physically exist, whereby each brick represented a different set of instructions. They found that when they are given more than one instruction at a time at school, they struggle to keep up with the class and to learn. This is a common struggle in children and young people with ADHD.
Another child described how anxiety provoking it is when the teacher gets frustrated with him at school. He said the red brick was used to represent the teacher’s anger and the person’s hand is raised to represent his anxiety.
It was great to hear that all six children that attended and their parents enjoyed the workshop. One person stated that they had learned about ADHD and now realise that the common myth of “ADHD is just naughty children” is hugely inaccurate.
Written by Miss Lauren Powell & Dr Jack Parker