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OLYMPIC hero and Strictly winner Louis Smith is using his experience of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to mentor schoolchildren.

Gymnast Louis gives talks to encourage children to “follow their dreams” and take inspiration from his own battles. He is regularly approached by parents of children with ADHD since revealing it is a condition he suffered as a child from the age of seven.

Specialized, via its charitible arm the Specialized Foundation – has produced a stunning new video on how riding bikes can alleviate the symptoms of ADHD.

Leading primary school 'shuts children as young as five with special needs in a cramped isolation room if they misbehave' . 

Screaming pupils have kicked and headbutted the walls of the 5ft by 6ft room at Caddington Village School near Luton in Bedfordshire, according to a newspaper which says it is reporting claims by whistleblowers.

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them; disagree with them; glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignoring them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

Kids with ADHD often struggle with managing their emotions. For some, that can mean mood swings that leave their parents, teachers and friends wondering what caused such a swift change in attitude and behaviour.

It may not take much, however, to set the pendulum in motion. Here’s an example of an ADHD mood swing. A child who’s been happily playing outside comes in for lunch. As he sits down, he accidentally spills his milk. In that instant, he becomes angry and frustrated, and his mood totally changes.


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