My daughter has ADHD and I also have it in a milder form. Adderall helped her
go from the worst student in her class to one of the best. If she had a
personal tutor that was trained to help her she could probably have gone through
school unmedicated, but here is an example.Without adderall I would
have to bring her attention back to the math problem we were working on three
times per problem, with examples and trying to make it fun. On adderall, she
has the patience to actually do it and I probably have to get her back on task
once every 10-15 problems. She actually learns. Her reading did not
progress much at all in first grade, but in second when she was medicated she
was still behind, but progressed at about the same pace.It is
hurtful to hear all these people that bash on Adderall and Ritalin when I know
the positive effect it has had on our child, but I understand it because I was
one of those people two years ago. There are people that do need it.
Parents. Come home from work and go play with your kids. Throw your tv away!
You are the main problem your kids have. Sorry to generalize, but
we all can do a better job being with our kids.
The question should be "Are doctors hurting your kids' grades?"
Doctors are the ones prescribing the drug, so where is their culpability? How
about the parents who turn to medication to control their kids' normal
Is it me, or does it seem like teachers are pushing to have more kids diagnosed
with ADHD at a proportional rate to the decline of the educational system? In
other words, the system is getting worse at the same rate that we are drugging
up more kids.In other studies they have found that boys are better
able to cope and learn in a classroom setting if they are able to move and play
outside and burn off some energy. Quite often the lack of burining off the
energy is mistaken for ADHD.
The benefits usually out weight the negatives of these drugs. The challenge is
making sure there not to drugged up. They will become very quiet.
"grades" in grade school don't mean a thing. You can't take
Ritalin after puberty for the prescribed reasons and "grades" in High
School actually count. We Americans worry a lot about nothing.
ADHD (hyperactivity) is a normal condition and usually a sign of higher
intelligence in children that schools are unwilling to cope with and properly
recognize they need more work to keep their minds occupied. Its criminal and
shameful they drug children to minimize teacher load in too large a class.Anything that blocks a childs mind from learning also blocks their
social skills and learning to cope with and control their emotions. ADHD is
intelligence going to waste and drugs are destroying our childrens minds and
lives.Its criminal that children are given drugs to block their
learning and behaviors, its the most destructive eduction ever devised that uses
drugs to limit and reduce the a childs abilities.Labeling children
so they can be drugged to make it easier on teachers is not a solution, its a
work around for the board of educaiton to double class sizes and class loads on
teachers. Teachers and tax mongers use the teacher load issue to raise taxes
while at the same time the Board of Education is trying to close schools with
class sizes less the 30 students. Class size is why chidlren are drugged and it
blocks learning and emotional development.
By no means, do not think that I approve of a children not learning to read or
do math, in case you think otherwise.
My nephew takes medication for this problem and I have taught school for over 25
years. It is a difficult challenge. I hate for my nephew to take the medication,
but if he doesn't, he can't stay in emotional control at school. One
thing that his parents have done is also get him counseling. I applaud this
decision. Another problem is that there are so many children in our classrooms.
More distractions and less time for one on one. I have found that direct
teaching, where I work with the class doing math and language problems together
really works well with these students. This type of teaching is effective, but
you just can't keep it up all day. People are concerned that we have a
higher percentage of children with this problem. I have another theory. In the
past, if a student didn't do well, they quit school, like my deceased Uncle
Harold, and got jobs in manufacturing and other areas. He couldn't even
read, but the Ford Company sent him to school to teach him a trade. (Ford
University still exists, I believe.) These jobs are disappearing, so this
exacerbates the problem.