Santa Clarita Valley resident Nick Storch had gone through his teenage years thinking he was different from the rest of the kids. He couldn’t concentrate on his homework and it would take him longer than he thought.
“I kept trying and no matter what I did, I just couldn’t.” Stork said. “I couldn’t concentrate even though I wanted to so badly.”
Storch was different, but he has since learned that he was different in a way that should be accepted and not shamed.
Storch was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder in third grade. The diagnosis gave him a sense of relief and the realization that being different would mean he had to learn in different ways.
“It’s just not a level playing field,” Storch said. “You can’t concentrate and then because you can’t concentrate you feel stupid. You feel like you’re not as smart as the other kids and then you don’t do as well and your confidence is low.
As the pandemic brings the world to a standstill and Storch’s freshman year at Golden Valley High School draws to a close, Storch felt it was the perfect time to make a longtime dream a reality – write a book. for children expressing their difficulties through undiagnosed ADD.
“I just thought if I could write a children’s book from the perspective of someone who actually has it and kind of describe the very common scenarios that kids with ADHD and ADD face,” said Storch, “that they could connect to it a lot easier, and it might help them feel better knowing that other people are like them. They’re not stupid. They’re just different.
“The Boy Who Could: My Journey with ADD” was published in November 2020 and is described as a “true story of the teenage author’s experience with ADD/ADHD in elementary school. He recounts his early struggles as a child, his diagnosis, the solutions he tried, and ultimately what worked for him.
Storch hopes that with this book, children’s journeys through ADD and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can be normalized.
“I want the other kids to know it’s not their fault,” Storch said. “It’s not that the other kids are smarter. They’re (kids with ADD and ADHD) just different and that’s not a bad thing.
He also hopes that with this book, children will be able to realize that it is not just them who are struggling, but that there are others too.
“You’re not alone and it’s (not being able to concentrate, etc.) in no way your fault,” Storch said.
Storch is now 19 and a sophomore at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has prospects of writing more children’s books focusing on little-known children’s issues. Her next book will continue from a child’s perspective, but will focus on PTSD and mental trauma.
“My main goal is to keep writing children’s books from a child’s perspective so they can connect more with them because I know if there were more when I was younger” , said Storch, “I would have felt a lot more comfortable and a lot more understood.
“The Boy Who Could: My Journey With ADD” is available on amzn.to/3S4OuCW.