posted on Apr, 13 2013 @ 11:23 PM
I think it's an awful problem with the schools wanting children to be more sedate than children can be. They want classrooms full of "girl"
students - able to sit and pay attention and not squirm. My sister has been a 1st grade teacher for over 10 years and has seen it all. In her
opinion, ritalin is over-prescribed. She says, that in all her years, she's seen "a handful" of students who would (in her opinion) benefit from
medication. The rest needed a strict teacher, recess, time to get the wiggles out, parents on board with the teacher and assignments that interested
My daughter often got bored in school and would fidget terribly. She's in 7th grade now and bored, bored, bored by all the "teach to the
standardized test" they have to do now. We rectified this by meeting with the school and asking for some modifications. She took 7th grade math
over the summer and scored well enough to start 9th grade algebra. When language arts became unbearable, we spoke to the school and had her put on
independent study. Now she spends 2 classes in the library, gets assignments from 7th and 8th grade, gets to work at her own pace (which is super
fast) and is incredibly happy. She'll start with 9th grade english next year.
Son has autism. It was with a lot (I mean a LOT) of study and trepidation, we had him put on Luvox (an SSRI) for self harming autistic symptoms when
he was 4. It was night and day. He's been weaned from the medication 3x in the last 9 years, and each time it was obvious that he needs this
medication - he'd end the trial period black and blue from head to toe. He's able to mainstream at school, and as soon as he hit middle school, he
joined the wrestling and track teams. The after school practices are wonderful for him. When he did get distracting in class (popping out of his
chair, pacing, yelling out) the school helped us develop a plan not requiring meds. He's given a break after lunch where he can choose to go to the
gym and run, jump, somersault - just do whatever he needs to do to get back on track.