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Supporting Scouts With ADHD Tips for Parents and Scout Leaders. Characteristics of ADD/ADHD. Impulsivity. Hyperactivity. Inattention. The Tip of the Iceberg. Hidden below the surface. Characteristics of ADD/ADHD. Impulsivity. Inattention. Hyperactivity. Physiological Factors.

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Supporting Scouts

With ADHD

Tips for Parents and Scout Leaders


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Characteristics of ADD/ADHD

Impulsivity

Hyperactivity

Inattention

The Tip of the Iceberg

Hidden below the surface


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Characteristics of ADD/ADHD

Impulsivity

Inattention

Hyperactivity

Physiological

Factors

Coexisting

Conditions

Delayed

Social

Maturity

Weak “Executive Functioning”

Learning

Difficulties

Sleep

Disturbance

Not Learning Easily

From Rewards and

Punishment

Low Frustration

Tolerance

Impaired

Sense of Time

Hidden below the surface


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ADHD SCOUTS HAVE GREAT ATTRIBUTES TOO!

Bright

Dramatic

Engaging

Excited

Energetic

Clever

Happy-go-lucky

Creative

Enthusiastic

Eager

E a s y – g o i n g

E x c e p t i o n a l

Inquisitive

Carefree

Unique

Spontaneous



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If your Scout has ADHD, let your Scout leader know.

Tell him

what

works well

AND

what

does not help.


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If your Scout takes medication

to help him focus at school,

it may help him focus better

during Scout activities

as well.

You may

want to

discuss

this issue

with your Scout’s physician.


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Prescription medication is the responsibility of the Scout taking the medication and/or his parent or guardian. A Scout leader, after obtaining all necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a Scout takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA policy does not mandate nor necessarily encourage the Scout leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.


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Make sure your Scout knows taking the medication and/or his parent or guardian. A Scout leader, after obtaining all necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a Scout takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA policy does not mandate nor necessarily encourage the Scout leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.

that his medication

is meant to

help him focus,

not to

make him behave

or “be good.”


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Be sure to tell the Scout leader what taking the medication and/or his parent or guardian. A Scout leader, after obtaining all necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a Scout takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA policy does not mandate nor necessarily encourage the Scout leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.your son’s needs are if he is going on

  • a day trip

  • a weekend camping trip, or

  • a week at summer camp.

    There are many things the leader

    can do to help your Scout

    be successful and have fun—

    if he is informed.


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Consider taking the medication and/or his parent or guardian. A Scout leader, after obtaining all necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a Scout takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA policy does not mandate nor necessarily encourage the Scout leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.

getting trained

to be a

Scout

leader

yourself.


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Tips for taking the medication and/or his parent or guardian. A Scout leader, after obtaining all necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a Scout takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA policy does not mandate nor necessarily encourage the Scout leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.

Scout Leaders


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Try to let the ADHD Scout taking the medication and/or his parent or guardian. A Scout leader, after obtaining all necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a Scout takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA policy does not mandate nor necessarily encourage the Scout leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.

know ahead of time

what is expected.

When activities

are long or

complicated,

it may help

to write down

a list of smaller steps.


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Repeat directions one-on-one taking the medication and/or his parent or guardian. A Scout leader, after obtaining all necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a Scout takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA policy does not mandate nor necessarily encourage the Scout leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.

when necessary,

or assign

a more

mature buddy

to help him

get organized.


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Compliment the Scout whenever you find a genuine opportunity.

Ignore minor

inappropriate

behavior if it is

not dangerous

or disruptive.


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Provide frequent breaks and opportunity.

opportunities for Scouts to move

around actively but purposefully.

It is NOT helpful

to keep

ADHD Scouts

so active that

they are exhausted,

however.


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When you must redirect a Scout, opportunity.

  • Do so in private, in a calm voice, unless safety is at risk.

  • Avoid yelling.

  • Never publicly humiliate a Scout.

  • Whenever possible, “sandwich” correction between two positive comments.


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Be aware of early warning signs, such as fidgety behavior, that may indicate the Scout is losing impulse control. When this happens, try a

Private, nonverbal signal or

Proximity control

(move close to the Scout)

to alert him that he needs to focus.


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During active games and transition times, be aware when a Scout is starting to become more impulsive or aggressive.


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Expect the ADHD Scout Scout is starting to become more impulsive or aggressive.

to follow the same rules

as other Scouts.

ADHD is NOT an excuse

for uncontrolled behavior.


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If it has not been possible Scout is starting to become more impulsive or aggressive.

to intervene proactively

and you must impose

consequences for

out-of-control

behavior,

use time-out

or “cooling off.”


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Offer feedback and redirection in a way that is respectful and that allows the Scout to save face.

When Scouts are treated with respect, they are more likely to respect the authority of the Scout leader.


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Keep cool! and that allows the Scout to save face.

Don’t take challenges personally.

ADHD Scouts

want to be successful,

but they need support,

positive feedback,

and clear limits.


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Find out about medical needs. and that allows the Scout to save face.

Make sure you have what your council requires to ensure the Scout’s medical needs can be met,

Or have the parent come along.


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If you must administer medication, don’t tell the Scout that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”


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Offer opportunities for purposeful movement, such as that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

  • Leading cheers

  • Performing in skits

  • Assisting with demonstrations

  • Teaching outdoor skills to younger Scouts

    This may

  • Improve focus,

  • Increase self-confidence, and

  • Benefit the troop as a whole


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ADHD Scouts are generally energetic, that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

enthusiastic,

and bright.

Many have

unique talents

as well.

Help them use

their strengths

to become leaders

in your troop.


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Buzz Group Scenarios that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”


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Buzz that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

Group

Debriefing


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Why Scouting that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

Is a Great Program

for Youth With ADHD


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Scouting is a that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

well-thought-out,

highly structured program

that provides

a step-by-step sequence of skills

for Scouts to master.


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Scouting promises that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

fun,

friendship,

and

adventure.


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Scouting offers frequent that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

positive recognition.


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Scouting that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

develops

social skills

and

leadership skills.


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Through systematic that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”Explanation,

interactive Demonstration,

and Guided practice,

Scouting Enables ADHD Scouts to discover and develop their unique strengths and interests.


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Small acts that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”

can have

great consequences.


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The ADD/ADHD Iceberg that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.” adapted

by permission of Chris Dendy,

Teaching Teens With ADD and ADHD:

A Quick Reference Guide.

Global Marine Drilling

in St. Johns, Newfoundland

published the photograph of the iceberg.

A diver for the company took it

when the sun was almost directly overhead.


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