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    ADHD--a behavior problem?
    By Carolyn

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    We certainly can't group all behavior problems into ADHD, and we should never, ever suggest to a parent that their child has ADHD. As teachers we can only SUGGEST to a parent what the problems we are having with the child are. We have to leave it to the medical experts to make the decision about diagnosis. Also, I have been told that you can't suggest to a parent that their child needs Ritalin. That places the responsiblity of paying for the medical treatment into the hands of the school. Parents have to make the decision themselves about what they will do with their child. Unfortunately, I have kids with ADHD in my classroom who are not treated and have never even been to a doctor to determine if this is a possibility, and it is so painfully obvious to me that their behavior--both social and academic--could be drastically improved if only they had medical help.

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