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A major effect on development during middle childhood is schooling. Since everyone who takes these courses have gone to schools and many of you work in schools now, I would just like to bring up some brief points that, I think, deserve a little more emphasis or on which you could use some useful information.
School is often the first time children are compared to others. When you were a little girl or boy and made a picture for your mother, she didn't run over and compare it with the child's next door and then say,
Most likely, she put your picture on the refrigerator
and said it was wonderful. School is not necessarily like that.
DISABILITIES AND SCHOOLING
Perhaps at the extreme of being told you do not measure up is to be identified as disabled. The majority of disabilities are first diagnosed in school.
LEARNING DISABILITIES - LD, ADD, ADHD AND SOME OTHER LETTERS
[Incidentally, one of the things that really bugs me is that people do not ask questions when they don't know something. I don't know for certain, but I think it has to do with the assumption that everyone else knows the answer to whatever it is and that I must be the only dumb one who doesn't get it. PL 94-142 is a perfect example of this. It is the law which mandates a free, appropriate public education for all children, regardless of handicap. The PL stands for Public Law.]
Now that I know a child has a learning disability,
what can I do?
ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
Reading the description above, of a little boy diagnosed with ADHD who has been removed from Ritalin for the day, it is easy to sympathize with his mother and teachers, and see that his behavior might readily be characterized as a disorder. However, when one reads later in the same article that, in some classrooms, 30-40% of boys are on Ritalin, it is hard to believe that ALL of them had such severe behavior problems.
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