I found this article really interesting. I read the book Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman several years ago with my book group. We had a great conversation about social norms as they relate to parenting. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it! The French, along with many other countries, do it differently. Is it better? In some cases, I think it is.
The idea that the French use a totally different system of diagnosing ADHD is fascinating. But what I appreciate more is the idea that they are going to determine why the children are having difficulty to see if there is an underlying social context problem. Revolutionary, I think not.
While diagnosing children is a tough business, I think that people throw around the names of possible problems too easily. I have families coming into my office all the time saying- “The teachers think he may have a sensory integration problem.” Now everyone is getting into the business of putting kids into a category.
Don’t get me wrong, some children do need a diagnosis in order to get services. And often times, teachers have a great sense of a child’s performance and needs. But I think it is the American culture that allows us to feed into all of these issues. We need to name it in order to help/fix the kids.
Let’s change the culture for the sake of our kids, please. What do you think?
Here is the article that I am referring to: