Today, at age 14, Mark is doing much better in school. He channels
his energy into sports and is a star player on the intramural
football team. Although he still gets into fights now and then,
a child psychologist is helping him learn to control his tantrums
and frustration, and he is able to make and keep friends. His
grandparents point to him with pride and say, "We knew he'd turn
out just fine!"
Lisa is about to graduate from high school. She's better able
to focus her attention and concentrate on her work, so that now
her grades are quite good. Overcoming her depression and learning
to like herself have also given her more confidence to develop
friendships and try new things.
Lately, she has been working with the school guidance counselor
to identify the right kind of job to look for after graduation.
She hopes to find a career that will bypass her attention problems
and make the best use of her assets and skills. She is more alert
and focused and is considering trying college in a year or two.
Her counselor reminds her that she's certainly smart enough.
These days, Henry is successful and happy in his job as a shoe
salesman. The work allows him to move around throughout the day,
and the appearance of new customers provides the variety he needs
to help him stay focused. He recently completed a course in time
management, and now keeps lists, organizes his work, and schedules
his day. Now that he has harnessed his energy, his ability to
think about several things at once allows him to be creative and
He is proud that he and his wife have developed important parenting
skills for working with their son, so that he, too, is doing better
at home and at school. Henry is also pleased with his new ability
to follow through on projects. In fact, he just finished making
his son a beautiful wooden toy chest for his birthday.
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