Duh, I thought everyone knew that our brain stem was a bottleneck... it looks like one, even!
Originally Posted by Viridian;14631136
I always thought that ADD kids just needed a real good slap and to be constantly told off whenever they did anything wrong.
My GF's friend may have jaded my opinion, though, as her child seems to have had or be collecting all the mental conditions under the sun. First he started off as ADD, now he's got Aspergers, but all I see is a little brat who needs a slap. He's this way because his mum makes excuses for him and refuses to discipline him like a normal child. Any time he acts up she makes excuses for him. Like, feel free to laugh, but he grabbed my girlfriends boob. Her friend was like "oh sorry, he just doesn't know boundaries because of his Aspergers..." Yeah, right. I have Aspergers and I knew not to grab boob. I knew all about peoples personal space because I was taught about it.
However, I feel I had an advantage as I didn't even know I had Aspergers until a few years ago when I got in touch with the other side of my family.
But I stand by this, I'm sure ADD is a condition to an extent, but proper parenting can counteract the downsides.
What you describe is the difference between over-protectiveness, and proper nurturing and caregiving. The latter, of course, is far more effective than simply telling a person with a disability that anything they do is A-OK and not giving them any guidance.Edited by GoldenTiger - 8/18/11 at 5:48pm