Re: Misbehavior and ADD
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 23 Nov 1995 00:54:16 +0000
There is a difference between recognising AD/HD as what it is, a clinical
condition, and using it as an excuse. Some of the features of AD/HD such
as impulsivity are the result of a neurobiological disorder ... they are
not a matter of individual choice. However, coping strategies can be
It is unacceptable to allow a kid with AD/HD to get off " Scot free "
just because of his condition. It is equally unacceptable to " pick on "
him for minor matters. There needs to be some flexibility here. Above
all, the relationship between the boy and the leader needs to be one of
mutual respect and trust. If the Scout realises that the leader
understands him and wants to work with him rather than against him things
will go a lot better. Too often I read in this group about " discipline
problems " which are really about untrained , inexperienced leaders who
do not understand the " youth worker " aspect of Scouting and think that
being a Scoutmaster is just about " keeping discipline " ( read getting
the kids to do things <your> way or else) and signing off advancement.
As leaders we need to know our Scouts , their strengths and weaknesses,
and to help them to develop their maximum potential physically, mentally,
spiritually and emotionally. That includes making judgements about when
to intervene and when to hold back , when to suggest and when to direct ,
when to encourage and when to reprimand.
That was what my Scouters did for me ... that is what I do for my Scouts.
This weekend I ran a Pow-Wow session on AD/HD and was able to share ideas
with Leaders from my personal perspectives of nearly 25 years as a Scouter,
psychology student, health service manager and trainer. And all those
roles are influenced by my own AD/HD.
Boy Scout Trainer & District Committee Member
Channel District / Transatlantic Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City