You know, my youngest son is struggling right now. He's got some sort of auditory processing issues going on that isn't completely diagnosed yet. We're getting ready to do testing. You know, it's very stressful and it hurts your heart, but we're in a place where they're really able to make accommodations for him. And when he's struggling and having a hard time, his teacher will say, "Run out to the board out in the playground and run back." He allows him to do that. He takes him out of groups and puts him on his own when they're working with math groups, because it's getting overwhelming with all the sounds. In his class last year there was a balance board and the kids could get up and they could set a little timer and wiggle on this balance board for a minute and then go back to their seats.
School was created so long ago in a structure that didn't fit children then - although we were in a very different time of parenting - where it was much more strict and kids didn't have the light that they have today and the energy and the ability to even have an opinion. Back then in school, it was much more strict. And we have very different children now. It's a very different generation of children growing up. And they're growing up mostly in schools where they're required to sit all day. And so yes, they end up putting them on medication.
I've spoken to many parents who they get a lot of pressure to medicate, and they don't want to. There are other options and other ways to go, and there's also this ability to tolerate and hold these children during the day and make some accommodations for them. And we know there's plenty of research out there that once kids start getting these medications early on, it goes into additional symptoms and diagnoses later. We know that for many children, this now becomes a lifetime of diagnosis and symptom and additional medication.
So if we can...and sometimes medication is needed. And I'm not a doctor. I don't know when that is or isn't. But I think there's plenty of children, they're so quick to put them on these medications. And I think there's plenty of accommodations we can make for children if we're willing to take a really big look at how we educate children and what the environments are like and how we can really support them, especially boys.