Is ADHD Discrimination Against Creative Learning?

If we assume everyone learns the same we risk loosing the diversity that nurtures creative genius.

Let’s discuss the three primary types of learners, Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic. First, let’s consider children who learn auditorily. That means they learn, think and associate based mostly upon their hearing. Auditory learners excel in classroom environments like lecture halls and seminars where the bulk of the lesson is presented orally.

Auditory learners will learn to spell at an earlier age when taught phonetically. However in a strictly visual learning environment, they can easily fall behind the visual and kinesthetic students.

Children that learn and associate primarily through visual stimulation tend to learn faster by watching and observing. These students may take longer to paint a total picture, if the information presented is in the form of a lecture or speech.

Then we have kinesthetic learners. These children learn better by hands on experience and develop critical intuitive skills. Kinesthetic learners naturally behave more emotionally than auditory or visual learners do.

Often mistaken as a symptom of ADHD, daydreaming is actually a positive attribute of all creative individuals, Daydreaming, whether by an auditory, visual or kinesthetic, involves the gift of spatial thinking necessary for developing problem solving abilities.

Children labeled with ADHD are often a natural wellspring of innovative ideas. Because they do not jump to early conclusions, they play out all the options and are able to follow a complex thought through to the end. Being able to multi-task takes time to develop and is a great skill for problem solvers.

All three learning types offer brilliant insights into art, music, and science. Abstract thinking (daydreaming) is a skill that is necessary for inventing, composing, and integrative applications.

There was a time when we encouraged enthusiasm and diverse thinking skills in our classrooms and think tanks. If someone has a tends to go off on wild tangents is a desirable trait that makes for interesting conversation.

The ability to focus on a task with an attitude of commitment and drive is an attribute that should be encouraged. Instead, the dogma of ADHD suggests that they are unable focus on assigned tasks. Perhaps we should simply assign them with more individualized tasks, rather than label them as misfits.

Many naturally creative and extremely intelligent individuals are unfortunately labeled as ADHD and subjected to harsh psychotropic drugs.

It is a shame that children possessing specific abilities are not encouraged to develop them. The tendency to see the world with a different perspective should have never be condemned or regarded as less than normal.

Are we curbing the little doctors, scientists, explorers and playwrights of the future? Why wouldn’t we nurture their hidden gifts, rather than intervening upon their intellectual landscapes with brain altering chemicals? Are we attempting to psychologically homogenize children to all be the same?

We Need To Make A Stand For Positive Change

The whole ADHD assumption is dependent on discriminating against the positive, natural and genuine qualities of children and implying a negative, destructive and chemical change. Imagine how many great minds throughout history would have been stifled or even lost if they were subjected to the same chemical interventions in their own times.

By embracing these individual gifts as the positive traits they are, we can begin to see how diversity is a natural part of our evolution.

By demanding they be chemically altered into conformity, we deny not only our children their natural heritage as free thinking individuals, but we deny ourselves the primary purpose we are here; to help build a brighter, kinder and better future.

Right Brain Thinking v.s. Brain Stem Confusion

When sound, as information goes into your right ear, it is sent over to the left side of the brain. This is where speech development usually takes place. However, and the reasons are varied, some children learn with a right-brained bias. Visual learners tend to be in this category. The right side is devoted to intuitive, holistic thinking, whereas, the left side is reserved for analytical, deductive, linear thinking.

Many visual, right brain oriented learners have photographic memories but weak verbal memories. Some of these people may have difficulty reading and writing, yet have incredible problem solving skills. Keep in mind, that ultimately everyone uses both sides of the brain, however even a moderately inclined visual thinker, could easily be misdiagnosed as ADHD, it can depend on many factors.

We Need A Paradigm Shift Of Thinking And Teaching

The bottom line is we need to expand our perspective to include all levels and types of creative learning skills. This of course is more challenging than simply drugging people. Changing the way we teach requires a total makeover. But it all begins with changing our own perspectives on an ever-changing world viewpoint.

Is it fair to impose a two-dimensional perspective upon a three-dimensional thinker? Is it right to demand old school propaganda be imposed upon new age thinking? Can a grown man fit into the clothes of his youth? Neither should we attempt to put new wine into an old wine skin, for that matter.

Our world view once accepted the Newtonian and Cartesian mechanistic perspective as absolute. But today we live in a holographic world of Quantum mechanics and Relativistic physics. This new perspective has totally transformed the world, as we know it today.

Now, we need to apply the same paradigm shift to the way we teach our children, as well as the way we perceive ourselves.

Live well,



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  1. […] Dana BlankenhornReally interesting read I found today:Many naturally creative and extremely intelligent individuals are unfortunately labeled as ADHD and subjected to harsh psychotropic drugs. It is a shame that children possessing specific abilities are not encouraged to develop them. … […]

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