Don Cock (donc@CCCD.EDU)
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 09:34:36 -0800
Well written! Medication is not something that you want to continue for the
rest of your life. From the research that I have done, as the child becomes
more aware of his/her condition they will learn how to control the
distractions without the medication. I applaud you writing this in such a
candid manner. You are very correct in saying that ADD and ADHD are common
problems. Getting diagnosed in High school is not when it should be done.
Most school districts in California offer testing for close to nothing. If
a positive test is returned, don't just trust the school district, seek out
medical doctors that are very familiar with the condition. As you said,
medication is not for everyone. Many people are helped with simple
behavioral modification techniques.
There is nothing wrong with these boys and girls. They just have a
condition that they must deal with. We all have something that we have to
deal with. These young adults (and some older adults) are very intelligent
and have a great deal to offer to Scouting. I second the idea to help these
kids. Talk to the parents and get their involvement. The medical consent
form may give you a better idea of what is going on, but it does not
replace simple communications between the leader and parent.
Again, EXCELENT posting!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City