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Why being a good girl should have been a clue that I have ADHD

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My elementary school teacher had a novel approach to discipline. He was a big soccer fan — which was weird in my working-class neighborhood, where the only Real Sports were football and baseball. And he used a card system, not unlike soccer referees do, to help us learn about boundaries, directions, and acceptable behavior.




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Hanna Brooks Olsen

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