In article <48dcdj$hsg at news.wco.com> Della Noche <dnoche at mail.wco.com> writes:
You want to check out everything you can rather than just accepting a
"pop" diagnosis. A friend of mine was told by her son's fourth grade
teacher at a Los Angeles public elemntary school that he would not be
allowed to come to school unless he had a Ritalin Rx for what *she*
thought was ADD.
The principal backed the teacher up. My friend went to the school board
and pointed out that *no* physician or psychiatrist had been involved in
this decision - that her son was being prohibited from attending public
school based on a diagnosis and prescription recommendation made by an
elementary school teacher. The school board censured both the principal
and the teacher.
Things had gotten bad enough that the family didn't want their son to go
back to that school - transferred him and found that the *real* problem
was dyslexia which was then appropriately dealt with.
He's doing fine now, although reading still requires extra effort for
Your report of your friend's experience is troubling. It is well
known (to experts, that is) that ADHD is a diagnosis of exclusion and
that many other problems should be considered first, including LD and
But it is also almost unbelievable to me that an LASD school principal
would behave that way. In this age of school psychologists, special
education, teacher sensitivity training, etc., why would a principal
not follow "correct procedure" and urge an expert assessment?
Teachers (or principals) who diagnose are absolutely acting out of
I suspect you haven't accurately related all the facts in this matter.
Your characterization of ADHD as a "pop" diagnosis is hurtful and
inaccurate. That's a very disparaging way of putting it.
- John Z.