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Teen masters ADHD with magic
A teenager with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia has found himself in the spotlight after featuring in the London-wide documentary, 1000 Londoners.
Frank Roome, 14, from Wandsworth was selected for the documentary after impressing production company Chocolate Films at the Wandsworth Festival last year.
Diagnosed with the condition aged seven, Frank, whose health and educational needs were not recognised by doctors for three years, does not use the controversial drug Ritalin.
Methylphenidate hydrochloride (Ritalin) works by affecting certain chemicals in the brain which may help to reduce some of the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
However experts say the long-term effects of methylphenidate are unknown.
Instead, Wimbledon College pupil Frank turned to shuffling cards and magic after watching his cousin a professional magician at parties.
He said: "I spend at least five hours a day shuffling cards. I channel my energy into the cards; I find it helps my body to stay still because only my hands are moving."
Supportive parents have helped.
He said: "Dad wants to see me on the red carpet and tells me that I am going to be famous with my magic, he has really pushed me towards that goal and I want to prove him right and mum has been amazing, getting me the help I need; I can’t thank her enough."
Mum, Raychel Peters, said: "Life isn’t easy for Frank; he really wanted to be able write and this is where his cards came into play. Instead of getting frustrated and angry he would pick up a packet of cards and start shuffling."
Dad, Darryl Roome added: "If you can channel their energy into something that they really passionately enjoy well that’s the way forward without all this medication; people take too much medication."
A 1000 Londoners launches on the April 23 at Bafta.