Re: Misbehavior and ADD
MS HOPE D PRITCHARD (GEHU99D@PRODIGY.COM)
Fri, 24 Nov 1995 09:44:40 EST
We have two boys in Scouting, one is a Life Scout and the other is a
Bear. Both boys are ADHD. We have been dealing with their
condition for 11 years now.
We home-schooled our oldest child for several years and then put him
into school when he was in the 2nd grade for about 3 months. During
this period, the teacher called daily to come and pick up our
"uncontrollable" child. The school system didn't even recognize the
symptoms of ADHD. This happened approximately 5 years ago. We took
him out of the Public School system and homeschooled both our
children until last year. I (Hope) am a licensed teacher, and had
taught before I married Jack.
Over the years we have learned that with modifications and medication
that children can be successful learners. Our oldest scores in the
99th percentile on Standardized Tests in all subjects except math.
The youngest scored in the 80th percentile. Both children took the
test alone where there would be no disruptions. For the last two
years, we have been dealing with M-Teams (School personnel) trying to
explain the modifications necessary to teach our children. They
don't seem to have the foggiest idea what we are telling them.
Abbreviated assignments- enough to tell where they can tell that the
child has mastered the objective seems to work well. We understand
that children need to learn to do the boring lengthy work as well, so
we insist that they do as much as they are capable of. However, when
a child makes 100's on all the tests, but fails the 6 weeks because
his homework scores are low, this doesn't seem to be fair either.
This has happened 3 times in the last 18 months. This sure doesn't
help his self-esteem.
As this pertains to Scouting:
If the meeting is kept moving rather quickly, with interesting and
varied activities and the child is given ample opportunity to move
around somewhat, then the child can be successful in Cub Scouting.
The program itself is diversified and flexible enough that any child
can earn rank. WELL PLANNED Den meetings usually have many quick
activities planned because of the limited time available, so the boys
generally don't have time to get bored. When the child wanders, give
him something else that he likes to do so that he won't disrupt the
others. If you know what makes the child "tick", then when he wanders
you can be prepared to give him something else that he likes to do
that can help him achieve rank or arrow points.
We have 4 ADHD children in our pack. We never seem to have a problem
with them. We don't expect them to sit all the time.
The Pack Meeting moves quickly as well, from one thing to another.
We use lots of different applauses, and provide variety with songs
and skits. Every Pack Meeting has activities planned.
Ex. This month is Knights of the Roundtable. The boys will be
having a Jousting Contest (spearing hanging rings with a lance), we
will be Slaying Dragons - Bust the balloon game, and will be playing
STEAL THE CROWN. King Arthur (Akela) will be "dubbing" Knights, and
Merlin the Magician (Baloo) will be performing some Cub Scout Magic
Tricks. Surely this will be enough activity for any ADHD Cub
My oldest is a Life Scout and no modifications were made for him. He
completed every requirement the same as any other boy. I believe
that the Scouting program has so much flexibility built into Merit
Badges that any ADHD child can be successful. HOWEVER A behavior
problem is a behavior problem - simple as that. By the time the boy
is in Boy Scouting, they should have learned enough self control and
should have learned the difference between right and wrong. They
should be able to participate in the program much as any other child.
If this can not be accomplished, then medication might be necessary.
Our children are not diagnosed with mild ADHD. They are considered
to be severely ADHD. The oldest takes Cylert daily,
and the youngest takes 50 mg. Ritalin daily.
Speaking only for ourselves.
Hope Pritchard Jack
Troop Commitee Member Scoutmaster
Pack Committee Chairman Cubmaster
Sequoyah Council Sequoyah
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