Re: Scouters, Social Workers, Counsellors ...
Mark Riffey (mr@GRANITEBEAR.COM)
Sun, 9 Aug 1998 14:35:33 -0500
>I find it sad that anyone working with young people can write phrases such as
>" I am not here ... to act as a distraction to individuals who have to be
>medicated to " fit in " with society. " The biggest problem that kids
>with special needs face is not the nature of their " disability " but the
>ignorance and prejudice of adults who try to force them to conform to
>their own view of the world.
While speaking in relative ignorance (not being a parent of a ADHD kid, nor
being a physician), what I find sad (and a problem) is that someone feels
the need to numb the minds of these kids to the point that they go thru the
school day in a fog (or asleep).
There's a really great kid in my pack (no, not just one<g>). He is numbed
beyond belief, I do not know with what. When he gets his dose, he may as
well be at home in bed, because it knocks him flat out.
When he perks up late in the day (just before the next dose), he has a
quick, dry sense of humor, the kind I might have if I was with an all adult
group (not a side of me that the scouts see). I almost think he is mature
beyond his years or exceptionally smart, because he makes comments and
remarks (about things that occur around us) almost as fast as they pass
thru my mind. He will do anything I ask him to do and do it the first time
just like the rest of the Webelos II's. He gets along fine with the other
Instead of being tested or given the opportunity to prove his intelligence,
he is drugged to the point that he doesnt 'bother anyone'.
Ive spoken to his parents about the sleepiness that these doses cause, to
no avail. This year, as with last, this boy sleept or dragged thru the
better part of a good resident camp, which is the only time I get to see
him at length. Ive also seen a new way for kids to pick on others. "Why
dont you go take your pill?" being a new cut-down aimed at the adhd kid.
Perhaps these drugs are necessary, but the effects I see (in my admittedly
limited exposure) are far from positive.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City