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ADHD and Independent Education

Today I read a thought-provoking post on a blog called The Innovative Educator that offers resources from doctors, educators, and parents to manage ADHD symptoms without drugs.  The author promotes the idea that ADHD is largely an environmental problem, and that rather than medicating kids to make them fit into their environment, we should modify the environment to effectively meet the needs of kids without the need for them to be medicated.

For me, the point is not whether or not you think drugs have a place in improving cognition, the point is whether the alternatives are being fully acknowledged.  Before asking whether a child has any innate cognitive chemical deficiencies, we should be asking whether the environment we are trying to fit them into is the right one for them, and what alternatives may be available.  When education is independent and self directed, the possible need for medication can be addressed in the appropriate context.  The discussion following the post is as thought-provoking as the post itself, and provides a closer look at some individual circumstances.

To read the post I’m talking about, go here: The Innovative Educator: Cure ADHD without Drugs with These Resources from Doctors, Educators, and Parents


Dane Dormio is an online tutor and academic coach who specializes in helping all types of students achieve life and academic success, especially homeschooled students and those preparing for STEM careers. More information and resources can be found on his website at

One thought on “ADHD and Independent Education

  1. It is the word, “cure” in the title of the post you refer to that makes me a little bit uncomfortable. We are trying to manage symptoms, not provide a cure. Drugs appropriately prescribed to an appropriately diagnosed individual should be effective. To change the environment is not always fair or possible, and a part of having an appropriate diagnosis is seeing that symptoms are expressed across environments…otherwise it is a misdiagnosis. Whenever i see that word associated with learning or attention disorders, I think, “buyer beware!” Thanks for the thought provoking post.

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