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'Fidgety Fairy Tales" Address ADHD, Depression, Related Disorders

Fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are little more than love stories involving handsome princes and damsels in distress, right?

Not necessarily.

A new theatre production by Youth Enhancement Support, Inc., puts a unique twist on the stories, using them to raise awareness about issues such as depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

According to information on the website of the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, the creators of Fidgety Fairy Tales have adapted classic plays in order to send an uplifting message about children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and related disorders:
In this retelling of the classic tales Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood, writer/director Matt Jenson and composer/lyricist Marya Hart have crafted a lively and thought-provoking production that artfully combats the negative and damaging stereotypes that surround mental illness.

Their characters, all based on well-known fairy tale characters, have mental health disorders. Through the telling of each of their stories, the audience comes to see that people with disorders such as depression and AD/HD can just as readily be the heroes of the story.

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Youth Achievement Award

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is a non-profit organization that was started in 2000 to support and encourage children with learning disabilities or ADHD and their parents. Every year, they offer a Youth Achievement Award for which kids can be nominated.
"This $1,000 award recognizing the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD will be given to a student 19 or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent, and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field  including art, music, science, math, athletics or community service.
Young people who have received the award in the past have overcome problems caused by dyslexia, ADHD, emotional traumas and more.

Learn more about how you can help your child with learning disabilities at LearningDisabilitiesInfo.com.

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