Re: To Ed Henderson and Michael Ban
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Fri, 24 Nov 1995 19:17:11 +0000
I would be interested in how Hugh reaches his " mathematical " conclusion
that " the incidence of ADD is inversely proportional to discipline " -
whatever that means. Perhaps he would care to (a) define his terms
and (b) expand upon his mathematics. Perhaps he can quote a few sources
for his research into this area. I am pleased that he is only 99% sure
of his correlation , but I would like to see his measures of statistical
probability ... he seems to be implying that p>0.01 which is indeed a
very high statistical significance in psychological terms.
ADD is a neuropsychological disorder which has both behavioural and
cognitive elements. If Hugh can suggest how " discipline " can help to
avoid / cure a cognitive dysfunction he will certainly be in line for the
Nobel Prize. He obviously has knowledge that has eluded generations of
neurologists, psychologists, paediatricians and psychologists ... I hope
he will share it. I look forward to reading it in a properly refereed
medical journal. Until then I will continue to obtain my clinical and
epidemiological information from professional sources.
I am prepared to defend my position by private email, quoting from
extensive literature reviews. Whilst I am not a qualified clinical
psychologist my first degree was in Social Sciences and included
education and psychology components. I am currently studying for a MS in
psychology and have some familiarity with the literature.
The major problems for kids with AD/HD is not the disability itself but
the attitude of ignorant bigots who think that they know better than the
clinical professionals. To assume that external sanctions can be applied
without taking into account the mechanisms of AD/HD is not only to fly in
the face of the evidence , it is counter-productive.
Telling an AD/HD kid to " pay attention " is about as useless, and as
cruel, as to tell a short-sighted kid that he could see normally if only
he were to look harder.
There are things than can be done in a positive way to help kids with
attention deficits. Organisation , structure , individual attention ,
using appropriate training techniques all can help. But the best
discipline a Leader can use when dealing with AD/HD kids is
self-discipline in order to avoid the put-downs and hurtful remarks than
damage already impaired self-esteem.
Ian N Ford
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City