Posted by ed_uk on July 9, 2006, at 12:35:03
In reply to Re: stims for kids, posted by Emme on July 9, 2006, at 9:20:09
My mum teaches 5 yr olds, she's done a bit of special ed. There are some really 'difficult' children at the school but most of them are quite good. Over the years, she's seen the number of 'difficult' children go up and up. Same with my dad - who's also a teacher.
>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.
That's great. I do think some children may derive a lot of benefit from stimulants, at least in the short term. I certainly wouldn't criticise anyone for deciding to give their child a stimulant. I'm mainly concerned about the possible long term effects of stimulant use in children and the very large number of children who are prescribed stimulants these days.