Re: What does "ADD" mean ?
John Waidner (jtwaidner@IQUEST.NET)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 22:32:00 EST
>... I wonder how
>many kids in areas that do not have adequate screening in schools or
>knowledgeable teachers/counselors are shunted into lifelong pigeon holes that
>are not NECESSARY if treated properly.
Know what's worse? Kids identified by teachers as "ADD" without benefit of
formal diagnosis by trained professionals. Our son was so identified and
the teacher's recomendation was "counselling and ritalin", all in the same
breath. After testing and evaluation, my son's problem was definitely
determined NOT to be ADD. The problem, as it appears to us, is lack of
attention from the teacher. The teacher's classroom technique was also
mixed with some very negative feedback. Our young man had developed the
habit of "tuning out" the teacher, an ability that comes easy to him since
he has been raised without the imagination stunting influence of TV. We
concentrated on changing his habits and made subtle attempts to reform the
teacher's attitudes regarding his abilitites and interests. We have been
successful with him, but we aren't fully satisfied with her progress yet.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City