Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hyperactive children and creativity

The following is an excerpt (translated by me) from the book by Dr. Finky Feinstein (unfortunately I couldn't find anything by him in English, so had to post a link in Hebrew), How to Raise Happier and More Creative Children:

"From my experience, hyperactive children are usually children with great internal activity. Their creative energy pushes them towards self-expression, and they cannot bring this inner flame to a level that would be legitimate in the eyes of those responsible for their education and upbringing. The regular schools, with their numbers and the demands for certain behavior, are places in which these children cannot be, and they have no form of self-expression but in ways that cause mess around them and are perceived as rule-breaking.

The difficulty to sit and study quietly for several hours isn't considered, in my eyes, as something pathological. I know many people, including myself, for whom sitting through several lectures - during which you need to listen quietly - is an impossible mission. I believe it is an exceedingly hard task, one that does not take into consideration the active and creative human nature."

"In my eyes, as a human being and a doctor, it is unlikely that so many of our children are 'damaged' and need medicine. It makes more sense that what is damaged are the systems that we, the adults, have created for them, and it is our job to think differently, rather than try and make the children fit themselves at any cost into what is 'supposed' to be right for them. I believe children need more activity, more creativity, more movement, and a lot more room for personal expression."

I just wish this book is translated into English someday so that more people can be exposed to, and learn from it.


Lady Anne said...

What marvelous writing! I saw a talk one time - maybe one of the TED videos - where a man said that most five year old children would be considered geniuses, because they are so creative, such free thinkers. And then we send them off to school...and we have a nation of sheep.

Finding Joy said...

My son has ADHD (and now 27) and highly creative. He struggle at school because he wasn't a "team player" and spent too much time day dreaming and not doing what the teacher wanted. Whilst I strongly encouraged his creativity I also encouraged him to make an effort to fit into the classroom. The reason behind this was because once he was an adult and in the workforce, he needed to work in a team (whether he liked it or not) and he couldn't spend all day day-dreaming and not listen to instructions. The balance I strived for has worked well. He now works in IT in a team, he is able to communicate with strangers quite well and he can remain focused all day. Whilst these children may be very creative, they also need to learn to fit into mainstream society otherwise they will struggle in the workforce. At home he can be very creative (and he does that by cooking or on his computer) and he can be much more himself.