Your Questions About Adhd Cures

Nancy asks…

Help thinking of a topic for my thesis in the area of Special Education?

I am having difficulty thinking of a topic for my masters. I am interested in the diagnosis of ADHD and how doctors give out medication as candy. I dunno, does anyone have any ideas or even about other things that I could possibly do? Thank you!
Also, I was interested in researching if students truly benefit more from being in inclusion classes rather than self-contained special education classes?

barry jennings answers:

You could do a bunch of stuff.
1) Is the ADHD medically misdiagnosed, i.e. Neurological/biochemical vs. Behavioral/social?
2) America’s overreliance on prescription medication affecting younger and younger population (i.e. ADHD children)
3) Behavioral/strucutural supports not given a priority in many situations (Give them a pill, I don’t want to teach them how to sit still)
4) Medication as a “miracle cure” because parents are uninformed (or unwilling, unable, etc.) about how to help their ADHD child without it
5) ADHD as a cop-out blanket diagnosis because the medical community has no real idea why the child is the way he/she is
6) Young children labeled ADHD because of parental demand

Another couple of things I thought of (I am a DAEP teacher):
-Special education students not receiving adequate behavioral structure and are allowed to “get away with things” because of the Sp.Ed designator & improper understanding of SpEd student needs (by teacher)
-Impact on rest of students by having moderate to severe SpEd students mainstreamed
-Social/emotional impact on SpEd student of being mainstreamed with peers, even though may be 3+ GLs behind academically
-Academic time lost for individual or class because of extroverted/disruptive ADHD (e.g. Kid doing cartwheels in back of the classroom b/c he/she can’t read more than a paragraph without going stir crazy)

Sorry for the length!

Ruth asks…

What do parents of kids with severe autism think of people with less problematic forms?

Personally, I don’t like it when autism is described as a disease, disability, or “tragic”, because I don’t think I’m very tragic and I don’t need to be cured of anything. I’m fine with myself the way I am. On the other hand, I can understand that that does not apply to people with types of autism that are more severe.

barry jennings answers:

If I may point out that you do not like when autism is described as a disease, yet you use the phrase “less problematic forms” instead of something like “less intense forms”.

You do raise a very valid point about labelling. Some things are called diseases that don’t need to be cured and can give people unique advantages. Despite the fact that the D is OCD stands for Disorder, I hope any surgeon who ever works on me has at least a little OCD. And ADHD is almost a prerequisite to be a good comedian.

But then there are people who can’t get out of their house because they can’t focus or can’t stop counting things.

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