The first moral of the ADHD blog: is there a right answer when it comes to meds? No. Above all I believe that parents need to listen to their own intuition. As I used to say to parents, “You know your child best, do not get bullied/intimidated by a person with professional designations that have only met your child briefly or only on paper.”
The second moral: I’ve seen wonders work with cognitive behaviour therapy. If the adults celebrate and are flexible in accommodating a child’s strengths, with patience and persistence, the child will learn to embrace their strengths, work on controlling their impulses and gain confidence.
The third moral: Appropriately prescribed medication is an option and coupled with programming modification and strength-focused behaviour therapy, ADHD is not a hindrance.
Remember, we are the adults with the power, consequently, we have choices. We can choose to strictly adhere to our agendas (lesson plans) or we can slow down and differentiate by accommodating and modifying our teaching styles, programming and agendas. Our children are learning skills on how to cope with their God-given gifts and challenges. Let’s approach the facilitating of learning and coaching with grace.