Fidgety Fairy Tales

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Topic

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

This story focuses on these common symptoms:

  • Always on the move
  • Forgetfulness
  • Distracted easily

Message that Builds Empathy

Someone with AD/HD isn’t running, jumping, and climbing on things to annoy you on purpose.  Someone with AD/HD has strengths and weaknesses just like everyone else.  It is important to see the whole person, and not just their mental health disorder.

Synopsis

Little Hood can’t sit still.  Her mother decides to put all that extra energy to good use and send her with a basket of goodies to granny’s house.  In the forest, she gets distracted easily, but it is ultimately her ability to pay attention to several things at once that helps her save her granny from the Wolf.

Little Red Riding Hood was originally developed and performed with middle school students from Afro-Centric School in Minneapolis.

Script Excerpt

MOM
Little Hood!  Are you OK?  We saw a stampede coming out of the forest.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Sorry.  That was my fault.

MOM
Little Hood, you should have been at your granny’s house a long time ago!

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Well, there was this squirrel that needed help gathering nuts, and I was listening to the owl, and I had to practice my karate, too…I’m sorry.  I got distracted again.  I’m always causing trouble.

NARRATOR
Little Red Riding Hood was feeling bad, but her Granny was there to help her understand the moral of the story.

GRANNY
Don’t be ridiculous!  Little Hood, you saved me from that awful Wolf!  Look, we all know that sometimes you are forgetful…

BROTHER
And sometimes you can’t sit still…

SISTER
And sometimes you get distracted easily.

GRANNY
But that is only part of who you are.  You are also very clever…

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
I guess I did think of using the nuts to trip the Wolf and Crow

BROTHER AND SISTER
And very brave…

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
No one messes with my Granny!

MOM
And very helpful…

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
I try my best!

GRANNY
And very, very good at karate.  She takes after me.  We love you because of ALL the things that make you who you are.