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Author: jiml8 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1948  
Subject: Re: Meeting with counselor Date: 9/25/2001 5:16 PM
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In my not-so-humble opinion, anyone who claims a 5 year old (!!!!) has ADD is prima facie incompetent.

You, the parent, should have a much better idea. If you think the kid is bored, I would place my money on you.

Having the child tested for ADD might be OK, but remember that the person doing the testing is bound to have a built in bias (of some sort) and after all we are talking about a 5 year old, and a girl at that.

Try arranging for the child to have more challenging work. If boredom is the problem, this will solve it. But do you want to bet the teacher gives you some line about not being able to provide extra/different work for your child because of the demands made on her by the other kids?

Perhaps visit the classroom and quietly observe for a bit. You kid will be on her best behavior probably, but you will have an opportunity to form an opinion about how well the teacher deals with her kids.

I believe that this wholesale drugging of children is a monstrous crime, and it would take truly extraordinary circumstances before I would permit mine to be drugged.

I realize that some older individuals, and adults, have found their performance to improve when they take Ritalin, and I would not suggest that those people be denied the drug. But the drugging of immature bodies in order to quiet a "problem" which could well be nothing more than a symptom of mental or emotional immaturity is, to my way of thinking, a horrible thing.
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