The Gift of ADD
simple terms, everyone fits into two
categories: the creative risk taker, and
the logical perseverer. Creative risk
takers include people who learn
differently, such as the ADD population.
Everyone else fits it the category of
logical perseverers, which is considered
the "normal" population.
Although few people fit entirely in
one group or the other at all times, an
individual typically exhibits more
qualities of one than the other. However,
new studies and research show that our
creative risk takers - those with
learning differences - in fact have far
superior creative intelligence, and
simply by acknowledging their
preferential learning mode - instead of
forcing an outdated learning system on
them, unlocks their incredible potential.
Their contributions to the world have -
and will continue - to benefit all of us.
From this jumping off point, this site
will present helpful information and
perspective for understanding learning
differences in children.
MaryEllen Jirak is
an author and accomplished educator with
more than 20 years of classroom work and
educational research. Her personal
experience as an ADD creative (and mother
of an ADD creative), coupled with
professional experience as an educator,
gives her a multifaceted perspective.
Her innovative teaching methods,
including breakthrough interventions with
children with learning differences are
recognized as models for school
MaryEllen spent seven years
researching and writing her book, The
Gift of A.D.D.: Shattering Labels and
Changing Expectations for Parents and
Teachers. Her research has taken her
through more than 800 books and 1000's of
articles, journals, tapes, and seminars.
She is currently a presenter, parent
and educational consultant, and
children's learning advocate. She offers
many services that will assist both
educators and parents to apply new eyes
and techniques to support children with
learning differences, especially A.D.D.