Theo Siggelakis – TEDx Talk TRANSCRIPT
As recently as last week, I’ve been told in class to stop tapping my foot. I’ve been told to think before I speak, to not call out, color in the lines, stop leaving my seat.
Life in the public education system, as a child with ADHD was very difficult. It was so difficult, my mother held me back in kindergarten to better acclimate me to my peers. In the long run, that served me very well.
However, in the short run, it compounded my social inadequacies. Some students labeled me as stupid. One history professor in high school went so far as to tell me I’d only be average, but there’s a place for people like me.
As I got older, I “outgrew” my ADHD. Whatever that means. Despite my academic success, some people still question my train of thought. Let me show you.
I was watching a Red Sox game last week. David Ortiz hit a mammoth home run. Do you see, Mark Wahlberg has a new movie coming out? “Transformers”? And by the way, if you have any time this Sunday, come see me speak at TED. You’re all confused, aren’t you? Baffled? Yes, this is my normal train of thought.