Friday, May 7, 2021

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  • I’ve been around children, mostly boys, who were so ADHD that they were almost literally bouncing off the walls. My adopted daughter, by contrast, is in the “VERY ACTIVE” category. YES, these children often do not THINK about normal danger; they rush in where angels fear to tread and they are also often difficult to teach. I think some of the most extreme cases DO need some type of medication. Others benefit from a strict diet, and most need firm but loving discipline and help with impulse-control. Many are just not constituted to live in our artificial society; they have too much energy to be confined doing busy-work in school for most of the day, and many have no good areas or even the time to run and play at home. High-energy children are high-maintenance; they don’t always fit well in a classroom setting, especially at the early ages that we send children to school. In a small apartment or condo, they go crazy. In short, our society is partially responsible for creating the ADHD “epidemic.”

    Sometimes (not in all cases) things DO get better over time. When our daughter was tested, we were given gloom-and-doom; I was down for two weeks after hearing the grim predictions about her future. We were already homeschooling her, and we just decided to keep-on-keeping-on, even if things went slowly at times. She had basic lessons in math, English, and reading, and we tried to do as much as we could “hands-on.” Now she’s in middle-school, and few people would think of her other than as a happy, active, even bright child. She doesn’t like to read, but she CAN read if she needs to, and she can do basic math and is starting pre-algebra. Energetic? Yes! Her best friends are her dogs, and they have daily adventures together “exploring”; when she’s grown she’ll probably be into camping, mountain climbing, dog-training, or even search-and-rescue. Our religion (Christianity) teaches that there is a place for EVERYONE in this world. God did not make us with cookie-cutters. Everyone just has to find his or her niche where he or she can thrive and blossom.