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Facts About ADHD That Doctors And Teachers Never Tell You

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Has your child’s teacher or doctor told you that your child has ADHD? This isn’t always the case. Putting a child in a classroom for 8 hours a day and expecting them to do nothing but listen, pay attention, and be “obedient” is completely unrealistic. Most adults cannot do this, let alone small children! From our first day at school, however, we are taught that sitting and not fidgeting is the only way we can be “good” or “successful”. It is very important to recognize that children not only have limited attention spans, but that fidgeting after an hour or so is completely normal. When your child does not pay attention to something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have some medical condition. Perhaps they are simply not interested!

If your child does not pay attention in school, this does not necessarily mean that they need medication. It is completely natural for your child to want to be active and pay attention to things that interest them. Sometimes, low grades occur because your child might not be paying attention, but it does happen that some 2.0 grade average students know just as much, or more, than the 4.0 student. Grades do not equal intelligence. The truth is, grades more reflect on the ability of a person to follow rules and memorize information. Of course, these are important skills but are they more important than creativity and critical thinking?

Some students simply have a better ability to buckle down to their studies, pay attention, and do the assigned work. Meanwhile other equally intelligent students simply struggle with these parameters. Both of these types of students are perfectly normal, however, some teachers do not see things this way. It could be that your child is being held back or even being denied from being considered for a gifted student program because they have attention issues.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities has released new data recently which found that only 1 percent of students who receive services for learning disabilities are enrolled in gifted problems. This study concluded that students who had attention or learning issues get shut out of gifted programs, held back in their grade levels and even get suspended from school at higher rates than other students do.

There are no school assessments or tests to evaluate imagination or creativity. We do realize that these are difficult talents to measure but they still receive very few, if any, credit in the modern day education system. Unfortunately, a great deal of research points to the fact that those who show the symptoms of ADHD are much more likely to reach higher levels of creative thought and achievement than those who don’t exhibit signs of ADHD. By automatically treating ADHD as if it were a disability, rather than simply a different way of learning, allows creative and competent children to fall through the cracks in the educational system.

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