ADD Scouts - say please -Reply
Philip C. Triplett (TRIPLETT.PHIL@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Thu, 23 Feb 1995 09:00:05 -0500
One thing with ADD kids is that they get commonly stereotyped. Most
people think ADD/Hyper - which is NOT the case. Both my sons are ADD
and not hyper. And they have to be handled in a direct, positive manner
when they are not taking their ritalin. My older son (14 yrs.) is more
severe than his brother (9.5 yrs.) and is also dyslexic. When he misses
his ritalin, he can handle basically one instruction at a time. If he
is given more than two tasks at a time, he cannot determine the
importance of each task to prioritize them. This was a little of a
problem at Philmont last summer. But everyone recognized the situation
and made sure he was with someone that could work with him.
Both get frustrated with their situations, but understand what's going
on, and realize all we ask of them is to do their best. They have
friends that are non-hyper ADD that like coming to our home because of
the structure and environment we attempt to provide.
My sons don't like to let people know of their condition because they
say they are automatically labeled potential trouble makers because of
the assumption they are hyper-active. And they have my personality,
which is quite laid-back and easy going...
Each situation is different, because we are ALL humans.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City