These days, everything Michael Phelps touches turns to gold, as in eight gold medals in swimming at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. 
(That’s grandoggy Griff going for the canine gold in our pool above and patiently awaiting his medal, — yummy dog treats– at right!)

Did You Know?   
As a child, Michael Phelps faced tough daily challenges of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and was often teased and bullied? His saving grace was swimming, and the inspiring commitment and love of his mother, Debbie Phelps, who believed strongly in her son.
This is a powerful story in many ways.  But perhaps no message is as strong for the special needs community as the reminder of the power of a parent’s unconditional love and the critical importance of focusing on and nurturing a child’s individual gifts and abilities regardless of a challenging diagnosis.
It’s a great message to embrace as another school year gets underway.
Congratulations Michael and Debbie Phelps, and thanks for your golden example.
For more on ADHD, visit:
Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations