Barstow College Randy Payne
Essay Six 29 May 03
How the Barstow Unified School District Deals with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
And Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
I believe that children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
(Masser, Creed, 1977)
I don’t know what other people would think but I feel fortunate that two of my three sons have AD/HD. This has allowed me to be more involved in my son’s education in a way I never knew. It’s terrible to think that we let our children’s minds go to waste without doing all we can as parents to help. Many children in today’s schools are missing out on the education they so dearly deserve through no fault of their own. Parents are missing out on the greatest tool at their disposal. The Barstow Unified School District has a program that will assist in identifying children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), assist parents in developing an education program suited for this disorder, and provide guidance to parents in seeking medical assistance as well.
What are ADD and AD/HD? Dr. Linda Pfiffner defines these disorders as follows:
ADD and AD/HD are diagnostic terms that describe a diverse group of children who have problems with inattention, distractibility, and in many cases, impulsivity and over activity. These disorders are a serious problem affecting thousands of students every year. Students have trouble staying focused, listening, and completing work. Many create disruption in class by calling out, walking around the room during seatwork time, and socializing at inappropriate moments. While all children are inattentive, impulsive, or over active at times, for ADD and AD/HD children, these problems are much more extreme and enduring. (Qtd. in Pfiffner 13)
Teacher referrals are normally where the school system gets the first idea that a child may have an ADD or AD/HD problem. Parents are not good judges due to their day-to-day contact with their children and are less likely to recognize the symptoms. Parents will...