scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: FW: ADD/Ritalin (was: More fuel on the fire?)
Pam Glidden (pglidden@YAHOO.COM
Sun Jul 02 2000 - 21:54:30 CDT
--- Gary <gary@GOIBSMAIL.COM> wrote:
This resulted in the parent admitting that she did not
give him his medication when at scouting functions.
another BIG snip, and
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.
one last BIG snip, and
DO NOT accept ADD as an excuse for misbehavior. Hold
them responsible for their 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.
Excellent post Gary! You've pointed out several very
important points about coping with AD/HD scouts.
I STILL struggle to understand why parents take their
youngsters off of AD/HD medication during weekends,
holidays, and summer vacations. At our CHADD meetings
we hear about this all of the time, along with the
complaints about their children's behavior while off
of the meds. Once in awhile, I hear a parent say that
they tried it because their doctor insisted, but that
after only a day or two......the meds were re-started
and the doctor phoned and informed. If parents of the
AD/HD scouts in your units feel a need to put their
sons on a "medication vacation", by all means INSIST
that they accompany the scout to troop functions! Or
you might suggest that the scout take a "Scouting
vacation" until the "medication vacation" ends.
I think it is wonderful that you cared enough to take
a seminar on AD/HD Gary! I'm sure THAT had a lot to
do with why that scout bacame one of your best too.
Your final paragraph is probably IMHO, the most
important one! I couldn't have said it better.
Congratulations on a wonderful post about AD/HD,
Green River District
Chief Seattle Council
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