Stop drugging ADHD kids — and start teaching them to use their gifts, writes Peter Shankman, founder of FasterThanNormal, in the New York Post.
Parents and teachers may be “drugging the creativity out of our next generation of leaders,” writes Shankman.
As a New York City public-school kid, Shankman had trouble paying attention, but wasn’t medicated.
Diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, he became “a best-selling author, an entrepreneur who’s started and successfully sold three companies and a corporate keynote speaker,” he writes. “It’s because of my ADHD, not in spite of it, that I’m as successful as I am today.”
It’s time to stop looking at ADHD as a negative, and start understanding the positives and incredible benefits of being gifted with a brain that runs a thousand times faster than normal. Teachers need to understand that a student with a faster brain doesn’t automatically equate to “difficult to teach,” but rather, that much more interested and able to learn, if the information is presented in a way that reaches that student.“
Instead of giving them a pill, let’s give them an hour to run around outside.
Tell then “their differences are their greatest gifts,” Shankman concludes.
Is ADHD the same as having a “faster brain?”