Johnny Jones age 8, came home from school in tears.
“I hate my teacher,” he told his mother. “Every day this week she embarrassed me in class. She knows I can’t sit still. She keeps bugging me. I’m never going back to school, ever again!”
Johnny ran to his room and slammed the door. He jumped on his bed and threw his favourite book against the wall.
Johnny’s mother Sally was beside herself. She’d spoken with his teacher every week this semester. The principal and special education teacher both wanted him to take medication. Sally was too familiar with the complaints:
• He won’t go to school on time.
• He’s a trouble magnet.
• He demands too much attention.
• There’s no time for other kids.
Sally knew what they were talking about. At home, Johnny had put several holes in the walls. He just wasn’t careful. Sally’s husband Sam wasn’t much help; in fact, he laughed off Johnny’s problems characterizing his son as ‘a chip off the old block’.
Sally decided to read about ADHD before they made any final decision about medication.
She learned that boys like Johnny were often quite impulsive. They said things that were quite inappropriate and without thinking. Sally also read that some boys are overly hyperactive and can’t seem to sit still. They squirm and move around. They climb over fences. Some climb out window. They don’t think rationally – they run when they’re supposed to walk and they walk when they’re supposed to sit still. Sally was exhausted just reading about boys with ADHD. Sally realized that Johnny couldn’t focus or pay attention; however he could watch TV for long periods of time, even though he changed channels frequently.
After reading about ADHD, Sally decided to change Johnny’s diet by increasing his protein consumption and she arranged for a psycho-educational evaluation to determine Johnny’s learning style and to determine if there were any learning disabilities. The evaluation did confirm ADHD and it was determined that medication was the correct course of action.
ADHD medication is often the right intervention for kids like Johnny, since it provides an opportunity for learning in school until the brain is more mature. Getting a quality education is often more of a priority than remaining medication-free. Explore the following websites for more help or suggestions.
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