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McLendon, Pamela

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000406976.31769.01
Departments: Letters

Salisbury, NC

Thank you for your article, “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Causes Motor Skill Problems,” in the June/July 2011 issue. My mother passed it along to me after reading it.

I was diagnosed with ADHD after I very hesitantly took my oldest son, Andrew, to the doctor to be reviewed for the condition. Andrew and I both have mirror-hand image problems. For years (well before the time my oldest son was born), I was told by doctors that I was either making up the problem with my hands and wrists or that I had some “wires crossed” in my brain.

My son is now 17 years old and makes adjustments for his mirror movements. He plays the bass guitar and uses this as a form of therapy. Andrew has difficulty writing but can type as needed. His 504 plan at school allows him to receive a copy of the teacher's notes and bring home any written work. I will be passing this article along to his physicians and teachers.

Thank you for making the connection between motor skill difficulties and ADHD, and specifically for finding the link between mirror movements and ADHD. Just knowing this makes it a little easier to deal with.

—Pamela McLendon

Salisbury, NC

©2011 American Academy of Neurology