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June 4, 2014 The Julian News 7 Warner Unified School District- 2014 Class Ashley Benegas Kailey Benegas Mykaela Henderson Hector Hernandez Levi Hill Megan McDaniel Allen Osborn Magda Osorio Teresa Padilla Ernesto Reyes Greg Rincon Juan Hernandez returned Breakfa Grill in June 6. in the Minda Streamer Coral Taylor Learning - The Real Basics: Exercises for Education - All the Right Moves Part 11 Drugs Are Not A Solution for ADD, ADHD, DPD, So What Is? Based on the Pyramid of Learning by Delina Robair, MEd., Developmental Child Specialist I have been diagnosing and prescribing programs for children and adolescents of special needs for more than 25 years. My training is to first identify the integration of the 13 vital motor skills at the bottom of the Pyramid of Learning otherwise I would not know how to help the cognitive skills at the top. The most common concern of the parent that calls me comes from the teacher: your child shows signs of ADD or ADHD ()r PDD or DBD. This communication is like opening up a Pandora's Box for the parent and thus the cycle of old and new remedies begin. The parent must now become educated on how to advocate for his or her child throughout the on-going educational process. This is a time consuming and expensive process for the parent(s), the school, and the state let alone the child. ADD is defined as Attention Deficit Disorder; ADHD is defined as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder; PDD is defined as Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and DBD is defined as Defiant Behavior Disorder. Mainly these disorders fall under the umbrella definition of hyperactivity defined as excess movement in children depending on a great amount of motor disinhibition elicited by external stimuli. It mainly concerns itself, with minimal brain dysfunction or brain damage. (Def: Neuropsychological Fundamentals in Learning Disabilities, Quiros, MD, PhD; Schrager, MD) The Developmental and Behavior Center in Seattle defines it as not a deficit of attention, but as a surplus of attention, or attending in part to everything all of the time. Thus focus becomes a typical problem especially in a classroom where visual and auditory activity is everywhere. (Ever see a classroom that is NOT full of unrelated visual stimuli?) Teachers today take feel license to use one or another of the above labels to describe a student who causes trouble in their classrooml It takes the burden off of them and puts it on the backs of the parents. Now it is the parents duty to find a solution. Parents usually seek professional advice from a doctor, educational therapist, or psychologist. Then all the testing begins and the most common solution is therapy with prescriptive drugs such as Ritalin or a derivative of I quote Dr. Schrager and Quiros: " If it is true that learning seems to be controlled by different biochemical substances within the central nervous system, it must also be true that the side effects of manipulating those substances can result in reverse Serving Our Neighbors For Ov'00r 60 years effects." I will relate two out of hundreds of case examples from my files to illustrate their point. The first case example is about an 11 year old boy who was adopted from birth by a family in La Jolla. In the fourth grade his teacher said to the parents that he showed signs of ADD. The parents took him to their pediatrician who prescribed Ritalin. This boy was on Ritalin past adolescence. As a result, the boy's growth was stunted; he failed to reach puberty. He came to me as a pot-smoking delinquent with low self-esteem. That's where my work began. The second case is about a boy (ten times more boys than girls are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD) in private school whose teacher told his parents that he was disruptive in the classroom. She recommended a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist recommended that the parents and the teacher answer yes or no questions on the GARS Survey. Their answers convinced him that the boy was ADD and prescribed Ritalin. This boy is 10 years old. He is about to reach puberty. He already has self-esteem issues. These professionals did not take a history of the child's growth and development as measured by the achievement of motor skill development, kind of diet, or birth history. I did and found out that this boy's mother had difficulty nursing him and that he had to be in the hospital for three days to before going home to be bottled fed. We know that the birth history of a child is vital information in developing a meaningful program to help him or her 'focus'. There is no drug that can make Commercial Residential Payment Opt,ons 24 Hour Emergency Service a child or adolescent 'focus' without side effects. So parents beware and become educated as you are the primary care giver. The word 'focus' is so overused today that it has become rneaningless and causes the kids to 'turn off when they hear it. So what is the baseline answer to the beginning of meaningful help for the child who is falling through the cracks in the educational process? It is ... Early Diagnosis of developmental milestones by or before the age of 7. This is the best prescription for saving children from being labeled later on in their development. Drugs cannot teach a kid how to jump rope or ride a bike or skip, let alone feel good about themselves. The kid has to feel good about him or her self from accomplishing the 13 developmental motor skill integrations. Then the kid can take on a sport or sports that build pride, make friends, become part of a team, etc: and make good grades. These are the kind of acquired skills that build self-confidence and allow kids to 'fit in'. The acquired motor skills build the foundation for learning. Drugs prevent kids from' fitting in'; from belonging to a group; from being like everyone else and having friends. Here is a quote from one of my students: "1 have to take drugs; why? The other kids don't have to. I must be different from them." A child does not want to be different. Being different - that feeling - that perception - is the beginning of negative feelings that ultimately lead into a downward spiral in their development. When this happens, the family and the greater society pays the price not to mention the child. The Neuropsychological Fundamentals in Learning Disabilities states and I quote: No stimulant drugs should be prescribed to a child unless the child is a danger to him/ herself and/or to others. A drug prescription for ADD, ADHD, etc. stays with a child forever. Final article: Part 12 - A Summary of the Pyramid of Learning - The Real Basics Letters continued from page 5 have the financial-resources to be a "city" fire department. I was honored to have spent 12 years as a member of Julian Fire, eight of which was as a part of the ambulance crew. During all of that time I don't think we ever lost a patient due to a delayed response. Respectfully, Stephen R. Sheppard a member of the Julian community Two Fathers Day Craft Project On Tap At The Library Please come to the Julian library on Thursday, June 5 at 2:30 pm for a card making craft for all ages. This class will be led by artists Mary Morgan and Annie Dover and the theme is Father's Day Cards. If you have not yet participated in one of these classes, we would encourage you to do so. All materials are supplied and you can either use one of the craft kits they have created for you, or design something on your own. On Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 PM will be another craft with Miss Mary and Miss Annie. This time you will be making decorated pencil holders. These are great for Father's day gifts or make one for yourself or as a gift for someone else. This craft will be in the Julian library's community room. PlZZ in or lethe server know who you are supporting and Wynola Pizza & Bistro will donate 10% of all sales made on their behalf. Celebrate a "slice" of our community by raising some "dough"! Beneficiary for the month of June: Julian Elementary & Junior High School Garden Club Donation excludes tax and tip For Dine-ifi or Take-Out Please see server for more information. at Wynola Farms Marketplace (619) 246-858.' kat@ / Saturday June 21, 2014 Julian Historical Society 2133 Fourth Street, Julian Show Times are 10:00 and 1:30 ; Tickets are $15 Proceeds from the show are i/donated by El each year our scholarships and other civic programs.