Re: Misbehavior and ADD
John E. Campbell (spectrum@IAG.NET)
Fri, 24 Nov 1995 23:06:00 EST
To preface my comments I'd just like to say that I realize that as with
anything, what works with one person/ADD child may not work with another. I
also propose that I do not know everything and have already learned a lot
from the comments posted so far.
I happen to have an ADD boy in my den. Other than a little more tolerance
and praise than normal, this boy has received no special attention. If he
gets out of hand he receives the same treatment as any other boy. On top of
that, if he has a particularly good evening, which still usually includes
minor problems, he is praised and thanked. In some of the posts I've seen
the comment that ADD boys need more explanation as to what's proper and
what's not. Well, maybe it's just me but, it's my practice to explain out
problems to every boy and not just ask them to accept what I say out of
shear faith. Sometimes, at least with my own kids, my wife thinks I may
carry this a bit too far but it's my opinion that communication and
understanding is the most important thing I can do for my and other children.
The ADD boy in my den has improved dramatically since our first few meetings
but unfortunately things have not gone so well elsewhere. At least that's
what I have to assume since his mother just recently told me that his doctor
has prescribed ridlin to help his behavior. She says that he will be slowly
introduced to the prescribed dose over a period of a week. It's not
something that I necessarily agree with but it will be interesting to see
what changes occur.
Again, every boy is different and I'm sure that what has worked with this
ADD child may not work with others. I'm just letting you know what has
worked with the boy in my den, that's all.
Thanks for 'listening'!
From: John E. Campbell
Wolf Den Leader / Assistant Cub Master
Pack 608, Central Florida Council
Owner: Campbell Automotive Technologies
Automotive Electronic Accessory Specialist
(have a question? feel free to email) :-)
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