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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

slide2

Characteristics of ADD/ADHD

Impulsivity

Hyperactivity

Inattention

The Tip of the Iceberg

Hidden below the surface

slide3

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

adhd scouts have great attributes too
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

if your scout has adhd let your scout leader know
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.
slide9
Make sure your Scout knows

that his medication

is meant to

help him focus,

not to

make him behave

or “be good.”

slide10
Be sure to tell the Scout leader what 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.

slide11
Consider

getting trained

to be a

Scout

leader

yourself.

slide12

Tips for

Scout Leaders

slide13
Try to let the ADHD Scout

know ahead of time

what is expected.

When activities

are long or

complicated,

it may help

to write down

a list of smaller steps.

slide14
Repeat directions one-on-one

when necessary,

or assign

a more

mature buddy

to help him

get organized.

slide15
Compliment the Scout whenever you find a genuine opportunity.

Ignore minor

inappropriate

behavior if it is

not dangerous

or disruptive.

slide16
Provide frequent breaks and

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,
  • 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.
slide20
Expect the ADHD Scout

to follow the same rules

as other Scouts.

ADHD is NOT an excuse

for uncontrolled behavior.

slide21
If it has not been possible

to intervene proactively

and you must impose

consequences for

out-of-control

behavior,

use time-out

or “cooling off.”

slide22
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.

slide23
Keep cool!

Don’t take challenges personally.

ADHD Scouts

want to be successful,

but they need support,

positive feedback,

and clear limits.

slide24
Find out about medical needs.

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

Or have the parent come along.

slide25
If you must administer medication, don’t tell the Scout that it is a “smart pill,” or that it will make him “behave.”
slide26
Offer opportunities for purposeful movement, such as
  • 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,

enthusiastic,

and bright.

Many have

unique talents

as well.

Help them use

their strengths

to become leaders

in your troop.

slide29
Buzz

Group

Debriefing

slide30
Why Scouting

Is a Great Program

for Youth With ADHD

slide31
Scouting is a

well-thought-out,

highly structured program

that provides

a step-by-step sequence of skills

for Scouts to master.

slide32
Scouting promises

fun,

friendship,

and

adventure.

slide33
Scouting offers frequent

positive recognition.

slide34
Scouting

develops

social skills

and

leadership skills.

slide35
Through systematic Explanation,

interactive Demonstration,

and Guided practice,

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

slide36
Small acts

can have

great consequences.

slide37

The ADD/ADHD Iceberg 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.