The job of reforming the broken way we work with young people who have ADHD is far too important to be left to teachers and administrators – in short, adults – alone on their own. It requires the kids and the young people to help lead us all, as it is the kids who are most uniquely attuned to the most maddening aspects of the status quo.
I have long advocated that a successful ADHD approach must empower children and place them at the center of the process in order to more effectively train them to leverage their special strengths. Any other type of approach that attempts to repress their nature will inevitably fail, as we have seen over and again.
My approach – which I call the FastBraiin approach – is best encompassed in the crucial step of changing an ADHD child’s identity from a negative to a positive self-image. It can take a significant investment of time to build a positive and comprehensive environment that can keep kids engaged with their learning journey.
Flipping the script to a FastBraiin approach also requires that we include a broader range of components – medical, behavioral, educational – to address all of the concerns faced by ADHD individuals.
If any strategy fails to be positive or comprehensive, it will almost certainly fail.
How to Begin Flipping the Script:
- Whether we are in roles as parents or caregivers or teachers, let’s ask ourselves what we can do to ensure a new approach. Let’s seek out every opportunity to reflect and consider: how can I make this environment more positive? How can I ensure it addresses a more comprehensive set of concerns?
- Seek ways to incorporate exercise, recreation, and play into learning.
- Move toward individualized plans of care based on the unique needs of each individual.
- Rather than solely motivating kids with punitive measures and punishments for not doing a good job – as in dangling the prospect of punishment or grounding due to poor grades – strive to find ways to harness the passion and strengths of your kids. Whether their heart lights up at the idea of becoming a teacher, software developer or business professional, they can use their innate interest to motivate them much more than a report card or gold sticker ever could.
- Giving students with ADHD a sense of control over the structure of their day can help them focus, stay organized, and be more productive in school. We can help you do just that with the FastBraiin School Planner ADHD.