A working brain

I have worked with many children over the years who have a motor that is never still. A brain that notices everything all at once. Some children can regulate themselves enough to thrive.  I know there are times when Doctors over identify and over prescribe for a variety of issues.  There are also times where the medication is truly a game changer. One of  my students started on medication today.  His mom called me and wanted me to check on him to make sure that he was OK she was worried about how he would adjust on his first day at school on his new medication.  When I asked him how he felt,  He looked at me he, his books all neatly stacked in a pile and he said  For the first time in 12 years. My brain works. 

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4 Responses to A working brain

  1. tenilleshade says:

    Moments like these stamp our careers. How heartbreaking it must be for our students to feel so disempowered by their own DNA. Sweet post. Thanks for sharing!

  2. mrssurridge says:

    That is so fantastic! I have one who had his first week of “happy” this entire year. He’s nine and has multiple issues. He was so happy this week that it made me want to constantly hug him! (Of course, I didn’t. He would have been mortified.) I agree that our society probably over-medicates, but when it works, it can not only change a child’s life, but also his/her joy. So great to read such great news on a tired Friday!

  3. Kim K says:

    Holy cow. I have goosebumps! I can only imagine what it is like to go through a school day when your brain is really and truly in one thousand different places. All at the same time.

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