Positive Effects Of ADD and ADHD

August 24, 2011 by Geoff Nixon

Positive Effects Of ADD/ADHD

It’s not all bad news

Brain-Plasticity1Here is an interesting take on the positive effects of ADD and ADHD on the website  Help Guide

In addition to the challenges, there are also positive traits associated with people who have attention deficit disorder:

Creativity – Children who have ADD and ADHD can be marvelously creative and imaginative. The child who daydreams and has ten different thoughts at once can become a master problem-solver, a fountain of ideas, or an inventive artist. Children with ADD and ADHD may be easily distracted, but sometimes they notice what others don’t see.

Flexibility – Because children with ADD and ADHD consider a lot of options at once, they don’t become set on one alternative early on and are more open to different ideas. Enthusiasm and spontaneity – one of the positive effects of ADD and ADHD is that these children are rarely boring! They’re interested in a lot of different things and have lively personalities. In short, if they’re not exasperating you (and sometimes even when they are), they’re a lot of fun to be with.

Energy and drive – When kids with ADD and ADHD are motivated, they work or play hard and strive to succeed. It actually may be difficult to distract them from a task that interests them, especially if the activity is interactive or hands-on.

Keep in mind, too, that ADD and ADHD has nothing to do with intelligence or talent. Many children with ADD and ADHD are intellectually or artistically gifted.

Your child is still better off without ADD or ADHD

While these positive effects of ADD and ADHD are to be embraced, the presence of inattentiveness or impulsiveness does undermine learning efficiency, and the ability to knuckle down and master important skills, such as reading and math numeracy.

Therefore, where ever possible we recommend parents be proactive in seeking out a way to help their child’s ADD or ADHD symptoms. Gemm Learning helps inattentive ADD in particular using cognitive training software called Fast ForWord which helps to make learning more automatic and therefore less of a grind, making it easier to attend and engage in class and while reading. To learn more call a Gemm Learning specialist.