Articles of Interest:

An AD/HD Mother's Resolutions

Private Placement at Public Expense

Coping with ADD - A Behind the Scene Look at How Parents Support Each Other

Letter to the Editor regarding "No Spank" / Paddling Policies in Georgia

Atlanta Journal article: Advocates for Disabled Try to Stop School Bill

Critique: Teachers Shouldn't Recommend Drugs for Students (featured on Channel 2 Action News, Atlanta, GA)

Attention Deficit Disorder in Girls Often Missed

Interview regarding Study on
the Use of Ritalin in Children (featured on Channel 2 Action News Health Report, Atlanta, GA)

Wrightslaw 2001 Best PTA Website

CHADD Conference Report 2000

CHADD Group Awarded Grant to Expand Lending Library

Cherokee Parents Call for Special Education Committee

Letter to the Editor appearing on

Re: Assistant principal paddled 6-year-old,

Dear Editor,

In response to the article above, I would like to know when the State of GA is going to ban the inhuman act of corporal punishment on all our children in our school systems, especially our disabled children with mental health issues. AD/HD is a real neurobiological brain disorder causing inattention, impulsivity, distractibility, hyperactivity and therefore causes children to act out in inappropriate manners as was described in your article. Children should NEVER be punished in this manner by behaviors manifested by their disabilities. This school should have implemented "positive", not punitive behavior interventions. As a society, do we paddle children with physical disabilities because they can't walk and are in wheel chairs? When are we going to stop the cruelty to children with "hidden" disabilities such as AD/HD? I would be very interested to work with this family for free to determine if this school was providing appropriate services afforded this child under IDEA (special education) and/or Section 504. I would be willing to bet not.

Parents who have children with disabilities such as AD/HD need to write to their schools and revoke permission to paddle their children. We must work with schools to find positive ways to address these children's inappropriate behaviors. For more information on AD/HD, parents can go the CHADD website at .

Please forward my contact information and offer to the parents of this child with AD/HD.

Thank you,

Carol Sadler
Special Education Consultant/Advocate
Atlanta, GA
Moderator: GA Children's Network

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