Re: Misbehavior and ADD
Ed Henderson (BigEdBSA@AOL.COM)
Thu, 23 Nov 1995 01:43:31 -0500
Well I just need to respond to the ADD thing, having read the posts on this
topic now for almost a year in silence.....
(First putting on Flame Proof Jacket because I know I'll get hit for this
I have tried very hard to understand the AHAD/ADD phenomena that has
manifested itself, and become very prominent in the past 10 years or so. I
understand their is a huge body of research that the drug companies,
psychologists, scholars, etc will use to back up their claim that ADD exists
and is even commonplace in our Society HOWEVER.....
Up until about 30 years ago when a kid behaved poorly in public he ususally
got a spanking, was placed on restriction, and the errant behavior usually
went away. The the ACLU gang came in and said we could not do that. Now
when a kid can't behave the government will declare him disabled and give his
parents a Social Security check. The drug companies & high priced
psychotherapists will come in drug him up with Milarill, Prozac, Ritalin,
etc. so he can "function" while proposing an expensive series of sessions to
help him through his problems. Now when a kid act poorly, just as Phil said,
we offer an excuse for the child...."Oh you have to understand, he has ADD!"
I am sorry, In a vast majority of the cases I don't buy it! 30 years ago
when good old fashioned discipline & moral values were stressed in schools
you would have been laughed out of town with the things we want to do to kids
now. Back then we did not have all of the problems we seem to have in
society now either.
Don't get me wrong, I never allowed a belt line in my troop, and am resigned
to the Psychobabble that the establishment serves up. Since my scouts &
parents know what we expect and won't tollerate, we have had very few
behavior problems in our troop. I do know this however...... If a kid is a
continual behavior problem in my troop, and places himself or others in
danger, and a discussion with the scout or parents does not solve the
problem.....that kid will no longer be a part of my scout troop, I don't run
a babysitting clinic for wild kids who have been labeled ADD.
Those scouts that can't get the 5th & 7th point of the Scout Law in their
head can go to a Psyciatrist and be declared ADD, get doped up on Ritalin
until they walk around comatose, and get a Social Secuirty check for their
"Behavior Disability." It is sad that parents so often subscribe to that
line of reasoning.
(I don't want to discount that small percentage of kids in the population who
truly have some form of disability and need special help or behavior
modification methods or even medication to help them control their behavior.
I am however absolutely convinced that when I look at a stack of 300 camper
medical forms at summer camp each week and see that as many as 40% of them in
some weeks are on some kind of behavior medication, we have gone way, way
overboard.) Experts to back me up ------ read the book "Dare to Discipline"
by Dr. James Dobson. If you have a well ran Boy Troop, proper training, and
an interesting program you don't have an ADD problem!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City