Simple Learning provides a Developmental Approach to overcoming the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. I have found through my work experience, there are key developmental pieces missing for my clients. They tend to be bright and intelligent individuals, however some have problems staying on task. The first challenge sometimes involves not having a clear identity of self. What do I mean by that? These are the individuals that nothing is ever their fault. No matter the situation, they will have an excuse or blame someone else for something that has just happened. When I was in the classroom full time, I would have students that made poor choices and they would know they had done something wrong. The students that had ADD/ADHD – would blame someone else – even though I had just seen, with my own eyes, them doing something they weren’t suppose to. Early on in my career, I could tell they really believed that it wasn’t their fault. How could they not know it was their fault when I had seen them myself? I now can explain that they don’t have a clear identity of self.
Our identity of self is developed around the age of two. This is when we start to push back, usually against mother and say no or ask many questions. If you are a parent, the symptoms of individuation are usually referred to as the terrible two’s. Often times there can be something unique about the individuation time period in the students life. It quite common for there to be challenges around the idea of time. This can include not telling time and/or lack of awareness of the passage of time. Lastly, these students tend to be messy, lose things and generally have trouble staying on task.
They can learn these ideas through an experiential process that internalizes the ideas that are so often looked over in the traditional classroom. When there is understanding around these ideas, their world becomes less chaotic and they become calmer and more focused.
Our goal is to create a fun environment to learn in. I offer a workshop where we learn these basic ideas and also spend time with empathetic animals. Please see pages on learning with dogs or horses!