7 Takeaways About ADHD, Working Memory and Parenting in "Finding Dory"

Juanita Beaudry

Thought about seeing the new Disney film with your kids this summer? Then you might be interested in this article by Bob Cunningham, Head of Robert Louis Stevenson School and professional advisory board member for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Cunningham provides a great comparison of kids with ADHD to the new Disney film “Finding Dory”. In the film Dory struggles with many issues similar to those seen in kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning disabilities. Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD are attention issues, poor working memory, impulsivity, and executive functioning issues.

This movie will not only resonate with kids struggling with memory and attention issues, but also with parents.  The author provides 7 key takeaways about ADHD and working memory.  Highlights include the relatable struggles Dory faces with multi-step instructions, impulsivity and attention issues as well as the realities of parenting a child with ADHD. The movies allows for some great teaching moments between parent and child after the movie if they see it together.


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