Recently I had a conversation with a parent who's child had been "diagnosed" with ADHD by a teacher within one month of the child starting school. A meeting with a doctor who read the teacher's referral, and spoke to the parent for 2 minutes, confirmed the diagnosis.
Luckily the parent sought further information and a second opinion and it was confirmed that the child did not have ADHD. This fact was further confirmed by the teaching staff one year later!
It was determined that the child was particularly creative with a particular skill in working on computer gaming apps. Luckily, with the help of the caring parents the child is able to develop these skills.
But this got me thinking along two trains of thought that soon became interconnected. The first thought was how many other children get misdiagnosed because parents trust doctors and teachers to be right every time.
My second train of thought tried to examine ways that children with a more creative bent could be encouraged to develop it. Clearly the curriculum is far to crowded already for it to be tackled exclusively within the school.
However, there are already a range of clubs for children who want to develop football skills, dancing skills or the playing of a musical instrument after school. So why shouldn't there be a similar facility for children that wish to explore their creative side?
This is what gave rise to the concept of a Creativity Club. This too will be an after school activity and children will be exposed to a variety of creative opportunities. Within such a club there would be scope for university students from the creative arts to make a positive contribution.
Where exceptional creative talent is discovered the club will be able to offer pointer and channels for further development.
A model has been defined for Creativity Clubs and now approaches are being made to key municipality figures, universities and other organisations in order to enlist support.