People have been expressing concern, indicating that kids are just naturally active and shouldn’t be diagnosed ADD or ADHD and given drugs for that.
I totally agree.
Let me tell you about Duane.
We were constantly being called to the school for conferences.
“Duane won’t stay in his seat; he keeps wandering about the room disturbing the other kids.”
“Duane just calls out the answers without raising his hand to be called on.”
Duane was brilliant in math, but often wasn’t given credit because he couldn’t show his work. He could read OK, but then couldn’t tell you anything about what he had just read. He was always losing his homework, or forgetting to take it to school, or not getting the assignment correctly down off the board. He seemed unable to organize enough to clean up his room. He would drive me crazy at the dinner table with his tapping and fiddling and fidgeting. Duane was not good at most sports, because he didn’t seem to quite grasp the concepts, like getting the ball into the other team’s goal for example, and he wasn’t able to keep his attention on what was going on on the field; later however, he was able to wrestle and run cross country.
Duane kept getting punished, a lot, but it seemed to have no effect on his behavior. He certainly had no lack of discipline, at school and at home.
Duane eventually was given ritalin, and it helped some. He eventually was sent to a special school where they understood these kind of problems, provided structure and taught him about using various strategies, and that helped some,too.
Duane grew up to become a hero.
Kids are just naturally active and should not be diagnosed and given drugs for that.
But there is a big difference between active and hyperactive.
more about Duane clik
the New York Times Article clik
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