Re: ADD/ADHD: Hunter -VS- Farmer model/Freyja
- freyjartist@a... wrote:
Gene had written:
> <<snip>>My pleasure.
> <<Now, if I am asked for counsel, all
> I have to say is 'big picture' and
> they are reminded of what they
> have learned the hard way. They
> are still learning to pay attention
> to future consequences of their
> present actions; these consequences
> are seen, only when the 'big picture'
> is considered.>>
> Hi Gene,
> Valuable advice. Thanks for your post.
> What i also find valuable about Thom Hartmann is that heYes. In the family of my posting, the father
> provides specific, practical ways to identify
> self-limiting beliefs about ADD, and helps to cultivate
> open-ended visions of possibility.
was literally a farmer, and the mother from
a family of hunters. The dichotomy was
astoundingly clear. The book brought peace.
> I certainly had interesting and eye-opening experiencesMainstream society is the proverbial
> "bucking the status quo" at the school for
> 'learning and socially disabled' children
> where i taught.
> A pervasive mind-set there was the message:
> "You don't function well in mainstream society,
> you are not "normal",
> and that's why you are here."
'cake in the rain', and ADHD kids
intuitively know this.
> OK, that might have been true, butIn the big picture, we are all
> it didnt seem to me that there was enough of
> of an empowerment attitude. Some teachers
> were more positive than others, but many of the children
> were considered "hopeless cases."
> Almost every child there from 5-18 years old wasSolidarity among parents is the dike
> on some kind of medication like Ritalin or Adderall and many were
> on anti-depressants.
> I never heard any discussions about alternatives.
against the rising tide of 'disorder'.
> Drugs were strongly encouraged. I could see theHeh heh... to bad that some of the more
> "masks" the drugs induced, the glazed over look in their eyes,
> and i wondered,
> Is this the best we can do?
> I would try to bring their attention to things like diet, breathing and
> and different ways
> of teaching, like Montessori methods......which are usually very beneficial
> for ADD,
> but they weren't very open to it. I wasnt taken very seriously. It seemed
> that no one wanted to upset the apple cart. In addition, the school
> was heavily involved with CHADD, an organization whose major funding
> comes from Ciba Geigy, manufacturers of Ritalin. Need i say more?
pleasureable drugs were not being used...
> I set up my own classroom according to Montessori principles,Playing with fire again, eh Freyja?
> and spoke to the kids about nutrition on my own.
> I resisted being informed about theExcellent approach...
> children's "histories" through the eyes
> of the administration....who had a
> "these children are broken and need
> to be fixed" mentality. At meetings,
> i would listen with a big salt shaker nearby.
> Of course, i was up to date with any life threatening
> conditions i needed to know about, but i stayed away
> from the opinions and interpretations and labels.
> I tuned in to the core of each child, and interacted with that, without
> this child is hyperactive, socially inept, retarded or whatever.
> Each child was a "sweet heart" to me, and i called them that often.
> I transmitted to them that they were gifted and valuable, and never to
> listen to
> anyone who told them otherwise. I incorporated some art therapy activities
> as well. Actually, i did successfully convince them to hire a professional
> part-time art therapist.
> Together the children and i created beautiful art and art shows,
> and we didn't care about social labels.
> Eventually, i did see the administration become moreA really really good approach, is to have a
> conscientious about the types of snacks they were selling
> to the kids at break time.
> Perhaps a seed was planted.
> peace, love and understanding,
meeting, which is set up to provide a setting
in which the 'ADD kids' are asked to honestly
diagnose and prescribe for the teachers and
administration. Shocks, anyone?
Activity is relative to sleep