Mabel Fox does not have ADHD, but she does have 2 sons who do. That makes her an ADD Mom in my book.
I first found out about Ms. Fox through an article in the Detroit Free Press when they published an article about her on Mother’s Day.
One of the most important things in life to Ms. Fox is family. She made a vow to herself that if she wasn’t married by the time she was 40, she would adopt children and “make a family”.
Now her family includes 2 sons: Malik, 13 and Mikal, 10. Both boys have Attention Deficit Disorder. Both boys are in special education and both passed the Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests this year. (The MEAP is a standardized test that measures performance in core subjects such as reading, science and math.)
Ms. Fox understands that her sons function better within a structured environment and she makes sure that they are rewarded for completing their list of chores with extra TV or game time.
She also credits the school system’s approach to education because her boys have a great deal of support people within the school environment. The school and it’s teachers, however, give just as much credit to Ms. Fox, calling her “…a gift from heaven for these two boys.”
Ms. Fox learned the values of family, hard work, and education from her own parents, and gives them credit for encouraging her to pursue her own education.
Ms. Fox has recently started a new company, The Achievement Group, which offers educational products that focus on cognitive therapy in education. According to her website, people with ADHD, Autism, those learning the English language, and people with reading difficulties or delays can benefit from the products and services she offers. Her company also works with school systems.