Posted by Emme on July 9, 2006, at 9:20:09
In reply to stims for kids, posted by med_empowered on July 9, 2006, at 0:09:31
I've been a substitute teacher in the local schools. I'm not trained in special ed, but after a very short time in the primary school I was able to see differences between the kids who are fidgety and have a hard time keeping still vs. the few who are way beyond that and in a whole other realm. Sometimes if there are a few kids with problems, there's an aide in the room to help keep them focused, but it's still clearly a struggle for them.
I remember talking to a parent once who, after much consideration (and receiving much criticism) decided to give her son medication and said it made a huge differences and enabled him to learn and to start making friends. Before that, despite their best efforts to help him, he kept annoying the other kids with his hyperactivity. So my unprofessional opinion is that there are a few out there who probably really need some help from meds.