|Perseverance and ADHD Inattentive|
My Inattentive son is a monumental perseverator. He will go on and on about an injustice he sees in his life or about the best way to do a particular thing and we eventually have to tell him to just let it go.
It is interesting to me that he has a great ability to perseverate but not a great ability to persevere. It would seem that we should be able to turn one into the other.
Albert Einstein is reported to have said that he was not that smart but that he did stay with problems longer than most people. I always wonder if he was persevering or perseverating. I think the difference involves how much you enjoy or want to do something. I think that my son perseverates on things that he enjoys or wants to continue to contemplate while he does not persevere with things that he finds boring, tedious or simply not useful.
Many of the guidelines that educators give us to teach children how to persevere involve exercises that amount to, at the end of the day, nothing more than reading The Little Engine That Could.
I am not certain that the type of exercises that we are taught to use with kids to teach perseverance bring much that is new to the motivation front. These exercises ask us to:
- Believe in each child's ability to achieve.
- Expect students to finish what they start.
- Avoid accepting excuses for unfinished work.
- Give positive feedback when a child puts forth extra effort.
- Help students realize that everyone makes mistakes; what is most important is that they keep trying.
- Teach children how to regroup and start over.
- Motivate students to try new things.
- Encourage children to take responsibility for themselves and make constructive choices.
As I mentioned in the last post, perseverance seems to be a particularly weak character trait in people with Inattentive ADHD. Researchers believe that there are brain pathways that make us particularly susceptible to this particular problem. Conquering perseverance issues is a constant battle for me and for many people with Inattentive ADHD though we often have no problem perseverating on issues and topics of interest to us.
Turning the perseveration of Inattentive ADHD into perseverance may be the answer and enjoying the problem, issue or work that needs to be persevered may be the ticket to success