Living With ADD/ADHD
by Kate Freitag, Grace Bryson, and Jack Lackman
Our team was up to the challenge of telling the story of someone who lives with ADD/ADHD. However, after several failed attempts, we realized that there are not a lot of high school students who are willing to talk about this subject. It can be kind of touchy and difficult, so the first thing that we had to do was find an individual who was open to an interview.
We asked around, and found out that WHS Junior Tailer Young had a little sister with ADD/ADHD. Soon after, we found out that Tailer's sister Allie and her mom Elana were willing to talk about dealing with ADD/ADHD.
Allie’s interview was really great. She gave us a more fun and childlike perspective to the story, which we needed and liked a lot. Elana Young also gave us a really good interview and talked about Allie’s schedules at home, how ADD affects her, and also what she is like at home or school. While we were there, we also got a lot of b-roll of Allie around her house, showing off her toys, her room, and playing. We also were able to get pictures of her for our story.
We also asked some teachers and counselors if they could speak to us about this topic. We realized that a great person to talk to would be Meghan Boland. She is a teacher at WHS who knows a lot about ADD/ADHD, as well as how it affects students' learning abilities, and how teachers and parents have to alter things to fit the needs of someone with this diagnosis. While we were in her classroom, we also filmed more b-roll.
We slated and logged our interviews and quickly began writing our script. We already had an idea of what we wanted the script to look like, so that process came quite easily.
We then began editing and everything fell into place. We did rearrange some things when editing, but other than those minor changes, the story came together really well.
We are really proud of this story. We wanted to focus on telling the story of ADD/ADHD, but also making it fun and personal. Allie really made the story come together. She puts a face on the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and helps viewers understand that while there may be challenges, one can thrive even with this disorder. We hope this story helps you understand ADD/ADHD.