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Anyone who has gone through Singapore’s education system will not deny that it’s stressful for both kids and parents. However, children with disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) have an even harder time adjusting to the demands of the curriculum.
Both are conditions that impact short-term memory and can cause kids to lose focus. They are normally associated with symptoms such as inattention and distractibility. Due to this, they may have trouble remembering things their teachers say or have difficulty focusing on subjects that they are not interested in.
Marianne Wee, director of public relations firm Smitten PR, is all too familiar with the struggles such kids face in their daily lives. The mum of two girls, eight and 12, has her hands full with helping them stay on top of the primary school curriculum. As her eldest has ADD, she has firsthand experience seeing how the disorder can affect one’s learning – her daughter is unable to focus and complete simple math sums, and constantly forgets what the teachers say.
Due to this, Marianne takes on the additional responsibility (and stress) of checking with teachers and other parents to find out if her child forgot anything.
With her experience raising her daughters, Marianne wishes for an alternative education system that has less focus on streaming and more options for learning.
Keep reading for her #MumStory.