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Thread #86484   Message #1613708
Posted By: dianavan
25-Nov-05 - 02:02 PM
Thread Name: ADHD- Ritalin
Subject: RE: ADHD- Ritalin
Mark - As a teacher, it is also my goal to prevent academic failure. That is why I would like to see more consultation between the teacher and the doctor. I would also like to see studies measuring how much 'new learning' actually occurs when students are medicated.

Like I have said before, my observation is that although their behaviour is definitely better and they are able to concentrate long enough to produce assignments that demonstrate what has already been learned; it is very difficult to introduce new concepts. In fact, its often like teaching to a wall but I guess thats. 'O.K' as long as the child is being 'good'.

I would much rather teach children who are hyper than children who are stupified. Dealing with the behaviour is what needs to be learned by the adults in the lives of these children. Doping our best and our brightest does not bode well for the future.

It is interesting to find out that it is a lack of dopamine in the brain that causes ADHD, I will do some research on that. I didn't realize that it was truly a chemical imbalance. Can a lack of dopamine be measured in the lab?