Cathy's Explorer Pages
I think of an Explorer as someone who tends to be
spontaneous, energetic, restless and intensely interested
in things. Not too different actually from Attention
Deficit Disorder, which is a negative label for pretty
much those same traits.
is a support group
in Ottawa for adults with ADD.]
Creative work requires a special type of thinking.
Organized work requires organized thinking, but
for creative work you have to forget things, let
things go, step over boundaries and mix ideas
together in new, fantastic ways.
You can't do both at once. You can't be remembering
to pay the phone bill at the same time that you're
suddenly realizing how you can solve a problem
you've been mulling over.
Some people naturally tend to spend most of their
time doing creative thinking; others naturally do
lots of organized thinking. The world needs both
kinds of people. We don't want Air Traffic Controllers
who tend to forget everything and stare out the window thinking up
the plot for a novel; we do want inspired novelists.
(For a story about someone with ADHD who seems to
fit into the job of Air Traffic Controller like a
hand in a glove, see
- Liquid Memory
A memory which acts like a liquid, mixing everything up,
is a source of new, interesting ideas. Frustrating if
you're trying to remember to get everything done, but
perfect if you want to invent new perspectives on problems.
- The Creativity Dial
It's as if each of us has a dial, set to "high" or "low"
creativity, or anywhere in between. At "low" creativity,
we're good at organizing; at "high" creativity, we're
not good at organizing but we think up lots of new
- Optimism and Creativity
Already good at creative thinking? The techniques
here can help you get even better. Focus on your
strengths and be optimistic. Optimists accomplish more.
to Cathy Woodgold's
This page is a member of the Explorer Webstar.
(Here's a definition of
Explorer Webstar home pageBesides an introduction to the Explorer Webstar
and complete list of members, Teresa conveys the excitement of
finding others like oneself and of celebrating the strengths
of one's temperament type.
- Born To Explore!
The coincidence of ADD and creativity; different temperament types
as opposed to disorders. Teresa's extensive site includes
information on alternative treatments for ADD; discipline methods;
books and much more, presented with positive exhiliaration.
Cathy's Explorer Pages (My own pages, here) Speculating about how the
creative mind functions differently.
Positively ADD Jan Upton's page about homeschooling an ADD child; homeschooling
works well for these children.
Bill Allsopp's Project Lab: read about the fantastic
work Bill, Mary and their volunteers are doing working
with scientically creative children, and what they've
learned about learning styles in the process
Redstar's World of Weirdness and Assorted Oddities:
The Personal AD/HD Page
"What it is actually like to be an ADD-led family
who have h-ADD-it with the
contemporaty thoughts and medical opinions
associated with the AD/HD misnomers."
Includes a story about solving a major problem by using
a variety of points of view, and many other
bouncingly intriguing articles.
A Drum Heard Differently
Different is not a disorder! Different is not a disorder!
To grook is to ... no, you'll have to have a grook
at this site yourself to really grook it.
Nurturing Our Spirited Children
Two families have banded together to
provide support, newsletters etc. for
parents of spirited children.
Save One Starfish
An extensive site by a group of school nurses
who encourage people to see children as people,
not as disorders.
Informative and child friendly.
If only one child's life is saved from
misery through the information provided here...
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