A Swedish animation depicting the day-to-day experiences of a small boy with ADHD is heading for half a million views on YouTube after being mentioned in the Independent and Express in the UK as well as the Huffington Post and Google News
Falling Letters – or Bokstavsbarn in Swedish – is a short (4:14 mins) animation by Erik Rosenlund with music by Martin Willert that depicts a young boy struggling with school subjects, such as reading, maths and gym, as well as day-to-day skills, such as eating his lunch and catching the bus home.
As he wanders off task to make a paper plane from his exercise paper, model with his food, create his own animation, and pick flowers while waiting for the bus, adults and peers look on, puzzled or disapprovingly, enhancing his sense of isolation. A mood only broken when he is collected in the rain from the bus-stop by his dad.
Among the comments left on YouTube one praises the film for focusing on the attention deficit element of ADHD rather than the hyperactivity. Others just hope it might encourage those who deal with atypical students to empathise a bit more with their condition.
As one writes:
I haven’t cried about my son’s childhood in a long time. This is a beautiful, important piece of work. I would like for every teacher to watch it and maybe, hopefully, find some compassion.