I just read this very engaging article and noted some great lines:
ADHD kids seem to have a drive to push themselves to the limits. They don’t know when to stop. They love the thrill of confrontations and the excitement of almost being caught.
ADHD is a chronic disability. These children are really difficult to live with and teach, they often have sleep difficulties (50%) and are impulsive and can be overactive.
I used to feel that I had failed as a parent Why wouldn’t my child sit still and listen? Why was he so aggressive towards other kids and never invited to parties? Why did he seem to have no sense of danger?
Apparently ADHD makes up over 50% of all referrals to child psychiatrists.
Alongside medication, behaviour support is vital when working with ADHD children and their families. However, this has to be in place for a long time, as research has shown that as soon as the behaviour programme is withdrawn the difficulties return. These programmes have to be in place for many years until the child’s brain has matured enough to make better choices and think about consequences.
The last statement really underlines why SBM needs to be more prevalent in schools if we want to see this up to 10% group of children begin to succeed. If they know what to do, but have problems managing to do the right thing, then surely as educators, we should be doing all we can to help them to manage this in the sometimes unforgiving and foreign school classroom environment.
If statistics are to guide us, there's at least one ADHD child in every class of 25 and another 3 with mental issues. Surely these shouldn't be faced with consequence based behaviour policies which don't take any account of their difficulties. Punishing them for their actions really seems very heavy handed to me.