Teens tell fibs more often than parents wish. Some of them are pre-meditated and manipulative, but often they are a primal response to fear, especially in students with learning differences like ADHD.
In this episode, Gretchen walks you through her notes from a great presentation she heard at last November’s International ADHD Conference. The presentation was called “Beyond Fight, Flight & Freeze: Is There a Fourth F?” and was presented by Barbara Brikey Hunter and Monica Hassal.
Specifically, she shares Hunter and Hassal’s thoughts about:
- How the original three F’s of Flight/Fright/Freeze are connected to the nervous system’s primal response to fear, and why Fib might be the fourth F
- How to talk to students about the effect that primal responses have in the brain
- The acronym SPEED and how it represents fiver different reasons why students might be afraid in the moment, prompting them to Fib
- The acronyms WIN and COOL, which represent how to support both the student and the parent in responding a fib when it’s taken place
- Some specific phrases parents and educators can say when “catching” a student in a fib
- And more!
Also note: the conference where Gretchen heard them present was the 2018 International Conference on ADHD in St. Louis, sponsored by ACO, ADDA and CHADD.