Re: Parents withholding information, et. al.
Jeff Claggett (jclagget@BELLSOUTH.NET)
Thu, 7 Aug 1997 01:21:14 -0400
On Wed, 6 Aug 1997, Ron Raab-Long wrote:
> 1. How to deal with parents (not registered leaders) that don't provide the
> information a troop/pack needs to serve their sons properly. This could be
> the fact that their child is on ADD medicine, was taken off of medicine, has
> a learning disability, is illiterate, has serious allergies, or whatever.
I am going to go ahead and weigh in my $0.25(remember inflation) on the
subject of AD(H)D. I feel that I am semi qualifid on the subject having
been diagnosed ADD almost 10 years ago.
I personally feel that ADD has become a catch all diagnosis now adays.
Attention Deficate Disorder does not make one rowdy, nor disruptive. It is
a learning handicap (as explained by the last pyscologist I attened). It
is not a learning disibility. Somewhere around 1990 the decided to add the
H for hyperactivity and lumped all the original ADD aflicted people with
the hyperactive people. Thus begain the confusion. In addition to that ADD
is something that cannot be "outgrown". It is something that one learns to
control with out the use of medication. I personally have not taken a
single miligram of ritalin in since around 1991 and I do just fine.
Unfortunatly it seem that ritalin also works for certain types of
hyperactivity and as such the generalization began.
*soapbox mode off* :)
(Note that I am not in the medical field in any way. This information
comes from personal experiance and discussions with my various doctors
over the years.
> 2. What to do with Scouts and Cubs whose medical, mental, or developmental
> problems manifest themselves as behavioral problems. Specifically, what do
> you say to the Scout who punches your AS because his parents told him to
> leave his medicine at home.
Now this one is a bit tougher. I personal would begin with a discussion
with the parents either by the SM or the Troop Committee. And quite
possibly go as far as a suspension from troop activities for a while. And
perhapes a troop "bylaw" that states that any person on meds must have
their meds when they are camping yada yada... (Thats my thought :)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City