scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: FW: ADD/Ritalin (was: More fuel on the fire?)
Thu Jun 29 2000 - 14:38:46 CDT
I had a similar situation several years ago. Many parents of ADD kids like
to take the kids off of Ritalin on weekend and non-school times. I had one
boy that did the same thing on outing. One minute he was one of my best
scouts and the next he was my worst. It took several things to resolve the
situation. First I told the parents that I could no longer assume
responsibility for their son's health and safety because I could not control
him. The fact that we could not do that meant that he could not participate
in any of our troops functions. A more politically correct way of throwing
him out. This resulted in the parent admitting that she did not give him
his medication when at scouting functions. We agreed that if she would make
sure that he was on his medication he could stay. I told her that I could
not take him on an outing without a parent going. She did and is now an
assistant scoutmaster. I took a 3 hour seminar on ADD. I learned a lot and
was able to help him control his temper. The scout became one of my best
scouts in the troop. He was my Troop Guide and did the best job of it I
ever have seen a boy do.
Bottom line is- you need to get the guardian attention and have them
understand that the boy should not be taken of medication when on scout
Pay a little more attention to the boy and his interaction in his patrol.
These boy many time do not understand why they are losing control and do not
remember doing it. I found with this scout and several other ADHD scouts
that if I could recognize when they started to loss control I could bring
them out of it by several simple and effective techniques. First I would
ask them why they were behaving the way they were. This would bring their
attention to what they were doing when they still could understand it. Most
of the time this was enough to change their behavior. If they were in a
real rage it would not work and you would have to remove them from the group
and settle them down. DO NOT accept ADD as an excuse for misbehavior. Hold
them responsible for there actions the same as you would any other scout.
But do understand that this scout needs just a little extra help in learning
to live with this condition.