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BIG Q5: What Would You Do?

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, February 17th, 2008 at 10:24 am in Advice.

?! by Dhiegaum/StockXchng Your turn to play advice columnist! Here’s the question of the week:

“My 6-year-old has been diagnosed with ADHD and is now on medication, but I worry that because his teachers know – sometimes it feels like the whole playground knows too – he’ll be labelled in some way. Am I being paranoid?”

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  1. Lee Says:

    I have come to understand that parents of a child with ADHD know how to manage situations that are not successful for their child. For example, movie theatres are not a good place for an inattentive and hyper child that can not stop talking and impulsivly responding to the action in the movie. But other parents get involved in planning playdates and don’t know what is and is not a successful situation for ADHD kids. To most parents the unmedicated child looks like a discipline problem and gets labeled a pain-in-the-ass and parents steer their kids to playdates with compliant, lower maintenance children. This misunderstanding can cause much harm to your adhd child’s friendships and self esteem. I believe having an honest dialog about your child’s challenges and helping other parents understand what situations are successful and which ones are not can create compassion and patience in the hosting parent instead of frustration and rejection directed at your child.
    So what if your kid needs a “pay-attention pill”! If you make it a big deal and shameful other will see it that way too. In the end it’s about what’s best for your child…every parent understands this!

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