Matt was a troublemaker. He disturbed the class, made lots of noises and fought with the other kids in class. It was unbearable. His teacher tried different methods to stop this behavior, but nothing helped, so he invited Matt’s presents for a talk.
Matt’s parents came to see the teacher and he told them about his failed attempts to calm him down and keep the order in class.
“I’ve tried everything I could and exhausted my options”, said the teacher and asked Matt’s parents about his behavior at home.
Matt’s dad said, “We’ve tried everything ourselves. We punish him, we bribe him, but nothing helps”.
“Have you tried diagnosing him?” asked the teacher.
“I don’t believe in diagnosing. It won’t help. It’s not practical,” said Matt’s mom.
“Well, how about giving him Ritalin?” suggested the teacher, “It will calm him down”.
“Where do we get Ritalin?” Matt’s dad asked.
“Oh, don’t worry, I’ll arrange this for you. Matt will take one tablet every day before he comes to school and everything will be OK”, said the teacher.
“Well, that won’t work”, said Matt’s mom, “Our mornings are very hectic. My husband leaves home early and I rush the kids to school. Who’s going to make sure he takes his tablet?”
“OK, then I can help you with this”, said the teacher, “I will give him the tablet myself when he gets to school”.
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