Re: Misbehavior and ADD
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Fri, 24 Nov 1995 07:39:18 +0000
Reading Ed's post on ADD/HD I am filled with a mixture of rage and a
certain defree of sympathy. He is correct that a good program and
sensible discipline in a troop can minimise all sorts of " discipline "
problems , and that is a point worth holding on to.
As for the rest, the polite word is hyperbole. The phrase that sprung
first to mind was bovine scatology. There is no doubt that AD/HD is
being better recognised.
Ed - do you really think that corporal punishment is the answer ? If so,
you really need to consider your position as far as Scouting goes.
Last weekend I was at a training course for BSA Leaders here in England.
We ran SMF 1-3, CSLBT, Den Chief Training , Webelos Outdoor and Den Chief
Training over the same weekend, plus a Pow-Wow. I did a Pow-Wow session
on AD/HD as well as Co-Directing the Den Chief Course and teaching on
two of the others. Interestingly, quite a few of the participants, staff
and students have AD/HD.
I got a lot out of Scouting as a kid, and I hope I am putting it back.
I am a senior Health services Manager, Chief Officer of a Community
Health Council , Fellow of the Royal Society of Health , training as a
social work teacher , doing a MS in psychology. I am not living off
social security ... I am , like many other adults trying to deal with
AD/HD in a very high-powered and stressful job , and serving the
community in what little spare time I have as a Scout Leader.
I deeply resent Ed's implications that AD/HD is either an excuse or a
non-diagnosis. It is very real. In my case it is not the behavioural
stuff that is a problem , but the major cognitive problems. I have to
work harder than average to take in written material , for example.
Ritalin helps concentration , but it does not help to overcome the
underlying neurological deficits. In my case I have problems processing
symbols. That makes graphs and statistics quite difficult to handle.
All too often people look at the gross " hyper " behaviour in kids and
forget the underlying learning difficulties.
But I need to stop and get to work...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City