The Imaginative Gifts of ADHD: How Fantasy Creates Reality

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Many of the symptoms of ADHD can be seen as the side effects of deep imagination. In order to bring something new into the world, it first has to be imagined. Some people think fantasies are by definition false, but fantasies aren’t concerned with true or false. Fantasies create something that doesn’t yet exist rather than reflecting reality. ADHD gives students lots of fantasies, which can be a distraction. But they can also give students the power to create a new world. Dr. Honos-Webb will explore how to re-direct fantasies of escape toward evolution. The distinct functions of studying, thinking and imagination in the classroom will be explored.

Speaker:   Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Former Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University; Former Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, San Francisco; Author, The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child’s Problems into Strengths (2005)

Presider:  Glenna Milleman, Director, San Francisco Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, San Francisco, CA

Time:  0:53

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