Do French Kids Have ADHD More Than American Kids?

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:

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

One thought on “Do French Kids Have ADHD More Than American Kids?”

  1. WE also need to understand style and temperament of each of us. Parental fit with child type/style can be a challenge. Then we can understand ourselves better and see how our children might vary from us.


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