Why do schools and health professionals feel the need to slap a label on children? When my eldest son was in primary school they felt he was extremely hyperactive and had trouble behaving and focusing. The teacher pulled me aside and suggested I take him to visit a doctor and get him on medication. I looked at her in disbelief, seriously there is absolutely nothing wrong with my son. He is behaving like any normal boisterous boy. He wasn’t damaging school property or being abusive, he was simply misbehaving and never displayed this behavior at home so I completely disregarded her suggestion.
A few years later I felt my other son wasn’t behaving normally for his age and after much perseverance he was later diagnosed with borderline autism. This later gave fuel for the school regarding my two girls that I had after him. Both shy and reluctant to participate in class activities they viewed this as autistic behavior which was totally ridiculous. At home they behaved completely different, very talkative and affectionate always wanting to play with friends and siblings the total opposite of my autistic son.
They went on to refer my girls to health professionals and eventually dismissed the elder of the two as being shy but were convinced my youngest couldn’t talk. I even suggested filming her to prove that not only could she talk but she was also capable of counting and writing none of which she would do when at school. They are finally seeing an improvement by watching her from afar but as soon as they approach her she withdraws into herself but is now beginning to participate in classroom activities as her confidence grows.
I agree some children do have conditions such as autism, ADHD etc and some are in need of medication but I feel these days it is all too easy to slap a label and medicate a perfectly normal child just because they are a little more disruptive or shy than that of the average child.