Op-Ed: Let Kids With AD/HD Direct Their Own Learning

Richard A. Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry and head of the psychopharmacology clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, argues in a New York Times (11/1, Subscription Publication) essay that young people diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or AD/HD, should be give the chance to avail themselves of the experience of adults who, studies indicate, “grew out” of AD/HD symptoms and began functioning normally.

“In school, these curious, experience-seeking kids would most likely do better in small classes that emphasize hands-on-learning, self-paced computer assignments and tasks that build specific skills,” the better to “fit for their novelty-seeking behavior” and eventually enable them to “self-select jobs in which they are more likely to succeed.”

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— “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.,” Richard A. Friedman, New York Times, October 31, 2014.

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