Someone on twitter posted a link about this interview today.
I listened to this interview with Dr. Jane Healy Ph. D. I really want to get her new book called, Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing and Treating your Child’s Learning Problems. I related to her so much. She comes from the stance that all kids brains are wired differently. Whether a development problem becomes a disability and if medication is needed depends on its severity and expectations made of a child at a given age. The interview talked about expecting so much from kids academically at an early age and how kindergarten girls are at a much different developmental place than the boys. Every topic she spoke about had me riveted. It was obvious that she was not a fan of the no child left behind act.
I found her words down to earth, practical, and comforting. With the ADHD diagnoses comes with the alarms of get medical help or your kid will fail, without meds your child is doomed to prison, and do something now while your child is young or it will be too late. It was so nice to hear that for once ADHD does not have to mean broken, it could mean just different. I can’t wait to hear her tips on helping a child after diagnosis.