Pre-study on ADHD and Home Schooling
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|Tue, 03-20-2012 - 12:51am|
Experiences of ADHD-Labeled Kids Who Switch
from Conventional Schooling to Homeschooling or Unschooling
A few months ago Peter Gray, Ph.D., a research professor of psychology at Boston College and a writer for Psychology Today, put out a call for stories about children who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and have been homeschooled and/or unschooled. He received 28 accounts of experiences from different families -- and then set out to analyze the data.
What he found from these personal stories suggests that (1) most ADHD-diagnosed kids do fine without drugs if they are not in a conventional school; (2) the ADHD characteristics don't vanish when the kids leave conventional school, but the characteristics are no longer as big a problem as they were before; and (3) ADHD-diagnosed kids seem to do especially well when they are allowed to take charge of their own education.
Mr. Gray's article includes excerpts from these families' stories.
Here is a link to the full article:
(Copied from the Homeschooling Notebook because it was such an excellent summary.)