School is starting soon – ADHD is real – Don’t forget about the importance of play!

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For years, parents and educators have been struggling to identify ways to work with kids that have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. While some folks don’t believe in the diagnosis or claim we have an over diagnosis epidemic on our hands, the issues that our students face are real. So real in fact, that my ADHD diagnosis has caused me to restart this blog post at least a half a dozen times. While there is still a stigma attached to the ADD/ADHD diagnosis, it is slowly going away. More and more people are starting to view ADHD and ADD as a blessing, not a curse. Listen to the podcast below to get a better understanding of the point that I am trying to make.

At the bottom of the page, I have embedded the 59th episode of the Faster Than Normal Podcast, a podcast produced by Peter Shankman to educate folks about ADD/ADHD and the many advancements in treatment options. In this episode, Peter interviews Dr. Debbie Rhea, founder of the LIINK project and discusses her work around the impact that unstructured play has on the developing brain. With the increase of high stakes testing and the worsening achievement gap, it is important for parents and educators to look into the latest research to determine a new course of action. Dedicating more classroom time to focus on the academic content may not be the answer. Educators should start using the research of Dr. Rhea and her colleagues to influence how we construct our classroom experience.

No, I am not a neuroscientist, nor do I have the authority to tell parents and educators how to teach their students. I am, however, a passionate educator that is interested in finding the most effective methods of instruction possible.

Again, take a few minutes to listen to the podcast below and let me know what you think. Let’s use this as an opportunity to learn and grow from our collective experiences. I look forward to engaging with you in the comment section below.

 

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