First of all, I will start by saying, good morning. With school starting soon I wanted to get something off my chest. Educators, you can’t force parents to put their children on ADHD/ADD medication. One of the calls I hated the most, and which always resulted in RULE OUTS was allegations from teachers who called CPS because they felt parents were committing medical neglect by not medicating their children. As a teacher, you cannot force a parent to put their child on ADHD/ADD medication. You can’t even say that child needs medication because you are not a doctor. Medication should never be used as a means of classroom management. In some cases children who are kinesthetic, which is a learning style, can look very similar to ADHD/ADD. There have even been some articles written on the similarities of both and questioning if some children are ADHD/ADD or if they are kinesthetic. I have seen my share of BS calls from schools on this issue as well as another issue we will talk about at a later date.
When I received calls from schools, I would often go to the school and sit inside the classroom to see the teacher in action. Sometimes, I would see children running all over the classroom. In one situation, I swore the allegations had to be on the wrong student due to multiple kids running around in a certain classroom. Imagine how surprised I was to learn it was on the child politely sitting at the table with two other students coloring? He looked up at her from time to time, but his hands stayed busy, could that child have been kinesthetic? I later found out that the teacher had recently gotten into an argument with his mother, so the call was in most cases, retaliation. We will talk about those calls at a later date, just know schools aren’t the only ones who call in retaliation cases, some cases have come from medical professionals, other parents, neighbors and even unknown people from the neighborhood.
At the end of the day, it is the teacher’s job to know what the kinesthetic learners look like. I’m kinesthetic and for the longest time I didn’t know why I couldn’t stop moving around during class. The only way I could stay focused or not fall asleep in class was to doodle. After I went to college, I learned about the learning style and the reason why so many of us have a hard time following CERTAIN teachers. I found it nearly impossible to follow monotone teachers. Even to this day, I frown when thinking about some of my college professors who taught that way. Those are the classes I hated the most, and got the least from.
So just a little word of advice, if you notice a lot of little busy bodied children in your classroom this year, try changing up your teaching method before you call CPS with a medical neglect allegations due to parents not placing their children on ADHD/ADD medication. Medical neglect would be something that puts the child in harm’s way. If you are thinking it falls under educational neglect, I hate to inform you of this, but there is no such thing as educational neglect.