February 29, 2016

Have you ever witnessed a child who constantly dominates a conversation, or a child who grabs objects out in public, even after being told not to touch? What about a child who just doesn’t seem to know how to wait his turn? Are these kids “bad,” or are they kids who need help learning how to control their impulsive natures?

Marcia G., a Circle of Moms member who is a teacher, explains what nonspectrum impulsiveness looks like: “As soon as he gets to school they line up, and he just has to push somebody [who’s] already in the line, just because he wants to stand in a certain spot or next to a certain friend, and that starts a whole problem with the kids that were already in line following directions.”

Children like those I’ve described seem to be falling between the cracks these days. They’re sent for testing that reveals no ADD, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance disorder, or any disorders on the spectrum…

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