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October 16th, 2012, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by mandy5586 View Post
To answer your question about what do schools do with the students who's parents choose not to medicate: struggle. Honestly, it's really difficult.

It's difficult dealing with the kids who should be on medication, but are not taking it for whatever reason. We have one student (first kid that pops into my mind on this topic) who's Mom refuses to use medication and he is a severe behavior issue in class. He's disruptive in the cafeteria, the hall ways, the classroom. Mom doesn't want to try medicine either. Nothing else works. It's a constant battle. He gets send to the BAC room a in almost daily.

I don't know if ya'll have a BAC or program like that there, but it's the Behavior room for the students who have ADHD or other conditions that can make them a huge distraction in class. So they meet one-on-one or in group settings with our Behavior guy instead of sending the kids to ISS (where they wouldn't behave anyway). The goal is to KEEP them in the classroom, but not if they are a constant disruption to the other kids.
We had what we called the Blue Room on my former campus. It was a sensory room, bare with nothing but blue paint on the walls. I had a student whose mom refused meds because she was convinced her cousin's suicide was the result of meds. This child spent so much time in the Blue Room, that I had to retain him. There was no way he could go to first grade & function. It really broke my heart.
The school had an aide work with him one on one to complete work I had for him, but that wasn't a replacement for good classroom instruction. Kids can't pass a grade level with just a pack of worksheets to complete.

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