I am sick and tired of people attacking my profession of special education. Not me personally, but the amount of people who ignorantly run their mouths knowing absolutely nothing about the field and the children it serves... AH!!!! I'm so tired of hearing about labels, and how parents make excuses for their children, and the autism epidemic... First of all, labeling a child is necessary to get them the services they need in life to exceed, so get off the labeling whining. MOST parents who have a child who is truly suffering want that label, because that label means services, it means better education for their children, it means a better understanding of how their brain works, and support groups to help them meet other children who have the same diagnosis. Second of all, no matter what the label, EVERY parents makes excuses for their child at some point or another, not just the ADD/ADHD parents. We ALL do it because in our eyes our children are perfect, and if someone tells you otherwise you're gonna defend your child. And if you don't, well then that's sad, because every child deserves to have at least their parents on their side, even when they're wrong. So lets stop attacking the special needs population parents for "making excuses" ok? Because we all do it from time to time. And lastly, the "epidemics" that are occurring. Before running your mouth about something you know nothing about pick up a journal article and read once in awhile. These differences, such as ADD/ADHD are not an epidemic. They're being correctly diagnosed more. 25 years ago ADD/ADHD existed just as much, the children were just "labeled" trouble makers and the bad kids, and either ignored, cast aside by educators, or suspended. Now there's an understanding that these children aren't bad, there's a chemical imbalance going on. Look in a history book, you won't find ANYONE diagnosed with mental retardation. Why you ask? Because these poor people were thought to be insane, and subjected to torture, horrible "therapy" sessions, radical medications, and ultimately killed. When Dr.'s started understanding mental retardation existed the number of "insane" people in institutions dropped dramatically, while the number of individuals with mental retardation sky rocketed. And lastly the Autism "epidemic". Again, not an epidemic, its always existed, in previous years (even as recently as 10 years ago) it was incorrectly labeled as mental retardation, and its a better understanding of the disorder and medical advances that have made the "labeling" so popular. Medicine and psychology are constantly learning and advancing, and therefore so is the terminology. Autism has existed since the dawn of time, but it wasn't always named autism. ADD/ADHD has existed since the dawn of time, but it wasn't called ADD/ADHD. So before attacking the special needs population, those of us that work in it, and the parents of these children who truly have something chemically wrong with their bodies, how about you read into the history of special education, or even pick up just one special education journal. Educate yourself a little, as oppose to believing everything the media says.
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Bravo! You are definitely in the right profession! Any parent of a student of yours can be confident that you have their best interest at heart.
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