Emma Climie has been thinking about Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for years, and she’s learned some interesting insights into the disorder.
The Assistant Professor in the Werklund School of Education has focused her graduate and doctoral research on the disorder, but her take on ADHD is quite different from the manner in which it has been considered in the past.
For more than 50 years, ADHD has been examined from the perspective of the deficits the disorder brings to a child and the negative effects it has on the child and the child’s role in his or her family and in the classroom. Climie, who is the lead researcher for the Carlson Family Award in ADHD, says not enough work has been done to consider what children with ADHD can do well, as opposed to their deficits. And she says that if we spent more time thinking about the positives in these children, we might find ways to shine a new light on how best to tackle ADHD.
In this Quick Chat, Emma Climie talks about the award, her work, and the future of ADHD research.