Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Comments by alnewberry

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  • We’ll have to agree to disagree on that, Steve. Nobody said that just because one has ADHD (unable to focus) they can’t grow into successful adults. I sure didn’t. Besides, I’m not talking about just not being able to focus on boring stuff that doesn’t interest the kid.

    It’s good that you were able to raise yours with creative parenting, but your experience isn’t necessarily everyone’s. I definitely agree with you on the stupidity of one-size-fits-all classrooms. Heck, I know I would have benefited from a non-standard classroom myself, although I coped and navigated it successfully.

  • Am I the only one who sees the irony in these comments? Either conform by agreeing with everything in the article or you’re an authoritarian.

    I am definitely an anti-authoritarian, and yet I’ve worked in the mental health field with emotionally disturbed children for 16 years. I pick my battles with administration, but in general I do find many “authorities” to be empty heads.

    That said, I do think the author of the article makes too broad generalizations at times, and actually mischaracterizes ADHD to an extent. I’ve worked with many a kid who was probably misdiagnosed (sometimes anxiety can cause inattention) but also quite a few who I would characterize as legitimately ADHD. They simply cannot focus from one moment to the next. It’s not about noncompliance or authority. I do have to agree mostly about ODD. I’ve had many talks with anti-authoritarian kids advising them to just go with the program because it’s the only thing that’s going to get them discharged. That’s just learning to adapt.

    I think part of the problem is that the author is himself an “authority.” Very few psychiatrists and psychologists I’ve worked under spend enough time with the clients to get to know them and actually see what’s going on with them. And, like the author, they tend to make some ignorant judgments, often with sweeping generalizations.