ADDYTeens need help understanding how their minds and bodies work to succeed. You can’t manage something you don't understand.
ADDYTeens benefit from coaching so we can perform at our best. Learning our “PLAYS” makes it easier to tackle ADHD related challenges.
“I know what it’s like to have ADHD: I have struggled, cried, screamed and yelled in frustration. I also know how it feels to win with ADHD, to overcome my fears, to ignore doubters and haters, and reject the stigma applied to ADHD.
I learned about my ADHD when I was just 12 and felt like I was wearing a very heavy backpack full of rocks. I hated these rocks, and wanted to get rid of them, but couldn’t find anyone who could explain to me what I needed to do to lighten my heavy load in a language I could understand. That’s really frustrating.
I have been on a mission ever since to help young people with ADHD (“ADDYTeens”) thrive with self-confidence and to reject stigma! I self-published my first book “Embracing Your ADHD” when I was just 15 years old. During high-school and college, I mentored and coached kids with ADHD, worked with educators, therapists and doctors who treat ADHD, and kept writing about ADHD on my HuffPro blog.
Learning how to win with ADHD requires a lot of practice. It requires taking instruction, learning new ideas, hard work, patience, grit and perseverance.
I have been there, and I can help.” Grace Friedman
“Let’s face it, schools don’t teach ADDYTeens how to manage our ADHD. So often, our teachers, friends, even family don’t really understand what having ADHD is all about.
Since 2012, I have been coaching and mentoring ADDYTeens to help them manage their ADHD. Using sports analogies, I developed a set of “PLAYS” which are practical steps for working through challenges, managing time, getting organized, communicating effectively, managing our emotions, and more.
In 2016, I teamed up with Dr. Sarah Cheyette to write a book based on these PLAYS. Dr. Sarah is a noted San Francisco Bay Area Neurologist, author, and expert on ADHD. Together, we completed “Winning with ADHD” in 2018, when I was 21. That same year, I also graduated college – in 4 years, on a scholarship and with honors.
Following my PLAYS has made me a better student, a better friend and a tougher, stronger, more resourceful person. Having ADHD is tough, I face challenges from my ADHD every day. Winning with ADHD is not easy, but you can do it.” Grace Friedman
An incredible road map for teens struggling with ADHD
Teens reading this will be left with the feeling that they are not alone, that they can learn ways to lessen the impact that their ADHD has on them and to recognize their own tremendous strengths and gifts. They will also be inspired! Family members, friends, teachers, therapists and physicians can utilize this resource to understand ADHD better and to learn ways to support teens with ADHD more effectively. A thank you to Ms. Friedman for providing her voice, experience and wisdom as a teen who has struggled and thrived with ADHD."
Grace 'tells it like it is'
"Grace Friedman 'tells it like it is' to be a teen with ADHD. "Embracing Your ADHD" is at once emotion-laden, with no punches are pulled about the difficulties ADHD can cause, and no-nonsense, as Grace shares realistic and practical tips and strategies. Families, peers, medications, self-doubts, and hidden strengths: nothing is off-limits in this readable, compelling, and ultimately optimistic and inspiring account. Highly recommended! "
The practical tips are useful for people of any age.
A guide to dealing with ADHD from an adolescent who actually knows! The insights offered demonstrate a high level of resiliency and determination. The practical tips are useful for people of any age. Grace's presentation of her struggles and her coping skills should encourage and empower many other adolescents. We have shared this website with our supervisors and trainees as a resource to be used in working with many of our clients. Thank you for this significant addition to resources needed for people struggling with ADHD."
Upbeat and Accessible
Embracing Your ADHD is an upbeat and accessible guide written for teens by a teen who has survived and triumphed over her struggles with ADHD. Grace Friedman offers practical tips and strategies that both demystify the process and offer hope and inspirations for those seeking to overcome the unique challenges associated with an ADHD diagnosis. This guide is a "must read" for anyone whose life has been affected by ADHD!
Candid, clear, warm, and organized
"I highly recommend 'Embracing your ADHD' a guide for teens with ADHD. Grace Friedman speaks openly about her process as a teenager being diagnosed with ADHD, being treated for the condition, and bravely “embracing” what this means for her life as a young adult. She is candid, clear, warm, and organized in her approach. She offers input from peers, professionals, and meaningful insights into what the process has been for herself and others like her. She is both honest and enthusiastic. I will offer this to both students and families who are trying to navigate the world of school, friendships, and feelings with the challenges of ADHD. Bravo Grace! "
Grace Friedman's guide is perfect for teens diagnosed with ADHD.
"Grace Friedman's guide is perfect for teens diagnosed with ADHD. She has written a clear, concise guide that offers tips and strategies for conquering the challenges experienced by teens with ADHD. She touches on all aspects in an engaging and optimistic manner using language that speaks directly to teenagers. I feel patients and their parents can benefit from reading this guide. As a pediatrician I highly recommend this guide to my teen and preteen patients with ADHD."