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May 26

Famous People ADHD



Famous people with AD/HD, Dyslexia, or Learning Differences:

Find out who was labeled as slow or different and overcame their obstacles to become successful in their fields.

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Famous person video

Watch the YouTube video (7:52) below of diversely prominent people who overcame their learning differences to become eminent in their fields.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhsBZuo_9yw

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As a child he was labeled slow, clerked in a village grocery store, and suggested putting slow-moving merchandise on a counter and selling it for five cents.

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He learns his lines by listening to tapes, suffers from dyslexia, and memorized all of his lines for his first hit movie Top Gun.

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Diagnosed functionally illiterate age 12, chronic stutterer until he was 20, nicknamed Pickles because of his immense forehead, CBS Emmy-Winning Journalist, and a “60 minutes” host.

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He has soft spot for underdogs, partly because he was one himself. "I knew what it was like to have my feelings hurt. Those classes made you feel bad about yourself." A self-described "class clown," he used his popularity to ensure the other special-education kids were included in activities.
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He was spanked by his teachers for his bad grades and a poor attitude and dropped out of school at 16. He has a wickedly unreliable memory, his mind goes blank at the most inopportune times, writes important things (like names) in black ink on the back of his hand, confuses gross profit with net profit, and is terrible at math and won’t use a computer.

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He was a D-minus student who had already flunked two grades. He suffered from both dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), making it hard for him to sit still in a classroom, and had even been expelled from several schools as a result.

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Read April's Ed Tip to understand how using video game design principles will improve instruction.  Moreover, educators should not view video games as the enemy of education, but rather a model for best teaching practices. When educators design instructional strategies, they must keep in mind the principles of video games, namely achievable challenge, and the role of dopamine in education.