The teacher says my child needs to be on medication!
Not an uncommon statement heard from the mothers who come to the clinic. This type or similar comments leave parents puzzled. Parents don’t want to have their children on medication but don’t want to alienate the teacher of their children.
What do parents do in a situation like this? First, the teacher may have overextended himself outside his territory but one thing is sure, is that it cannot be ignored. It could very well be that the teacher has concerns about the learning or behavior of the child. What is the next thing to do?
Well, a parent should not overreact and should request a meeting with one or more teachers and ask for more details that led to such a comment. It could very well be that issues can be described in more detail and noted, before that it can be reported accurately to a professional.
Many problems arise as a child grows up, some may be temporary and can be part of normal development, some may be exaggerated by an unknown situation whether it is an abnormal event in the family or even outside the family. This is the most common occurrence (parental discord or separation, death of a loved one, issues with relatives or neighbors).
Nowadays, any problem that involves behavior issues in the school becomes a matter that the teachers are reluctant to get involved in up to a certain point. History of education in schools are telling us that much of the teachers ability to intervene in many ways, especially when it comes to discipline, has been contained progressively over the years due to, in some cases, abuse, over-punishment, parents objections over physical or emotional interferences and trauma.
This has resulted in the non-interference by the teachers and in many cases requesting help from the outside including mental health professionals.
That in no way justifies the notion that medication is the “answer” to a disruptive child. However, that cannot be ruled out either. The best way to find out is to get a professional opinion, which can provide a sense of understanding and support or treatment.