12 year old gains confidence, becomes Girl Scout leader after training

Age: 12
Gender: Female
Location: Forest Park, Illinois

Background: For this twelve year girl old of Forest Park, IL, getting ready for school was a major event in the house, often with disastrous results. Diagnosed with a mild case of ADD, she struggled to remember the order of tasks which made it difficult to develop a morning routine. This carried over in the classroom as well. “Her notebook would be a giant disorganized mess,” said the girl’s mom. “Her teacher would give her assignments to complete and she could only remember the last portion of the instruction.” Ordinarily an active and outgoing girl, this limitation led to problems interacting with her peers and a lack of confidence in her abilities.

Key challenges:

  • Could not remember steps in a simple process
  • Struggled getting ready in the morning
  • Was disorganized at school
  • Could not remember instructions or assignments from her teacher
  • Lost self-confidence amongst her peers
  • Felt inadequate in her cognitive capabilities

Training outcomes:

  • Was able to remember a list of instructions from her parents for chores
  • Was much more patient with her sister at home
  • Her confidence soared as her cognitive abilities strengthened
  • As a Girl Scout, she was recommended to be a leader in her troop
  • Other parents and leaders in the troop commented on how much she matured
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is often a hidden weakness that impacts people in a very personal way.
Out of respect for their privacy, we have kept the identities of these people anonymous.