Parenting K-6 Kids/leash on children


Hi I'm a mom of a 6 year old and I know for fact a teacher is not suppose to put a lease or offer a leash on a child to go on a field trip iam very unhappy n frustrated with this school. Do you know who I can contact or what should I do about this problem??

In general, if a teacher uses poor judgement in handling a child and a parent objects, the first person to speak with is the teacher. In most cases, teachers will accommodate a parent's preference in managing that parent's child. When there's disagreement between the teacher and the parent, the principal at the school would be the next person to speak to. It's always a good idea to try to preserve a good working relationship with the school staff if your intention is to keep your child at that school. When differences cannot be resolved, a parent can request a change in classroom. Failing that, "firing" the school by transferring your child to another school would be a consideration.

Six year old students should be manageable with routine discipline. If there is concern that a six your old child cannot safely be managed without restraints, the situation would demand professional assessment to determine underlying causes. Having to physically restrain a six year old with a leash is not a "normal" situation.

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Alan M. Davick, M.D.


As a Johns Hopkins trained Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician with 40 years experience, I have focused on distinguishing underlying willful, poor choice-making (like Oppositional-Defiant Disorder)from innate "conditions" masquerading as willful misbehavior (like ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Epilepsy and "Behavioral" Seizures). Though I cannot act as a formal medical or psychiatric consultant, I will answer queries with generic information and suggestions for discussion readers may direct to their own professional advisers, including physicians, psychologists and educators.


I trained at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry and Behavioral-Developmental Pediatrics. Thereafter, I've continuously practiced Behavioral-Developmental Pediatrics and have taught the principles mentioned above to parents, colleagues and professional groups.

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First Travel Meds - 1987; Managing Misbehavior in Kids: The Mis/Kidding Process; Bullying: Rarely Travels Alone; Discipline Your Child (without going to jail); AD(H)D: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Undergraduate - NY University WSC Arts & Science, NYC 1959-63 - B.A. Medical Degree- State University of NY, Upstate Med Ctr, Syracuse 1963-67 - M.D. Internship/Residency - Johns Hopkins Hosp/University - Baltimore, MD 1967-70 Major, US Army Medical Corps, Chief Pediatric Section, Savannah, GA - 1970-72 Sp. Fellow, Dept Child Psychiatry - Johns Hopkins Hospital/University - 1972-73 Practicing Behavioral-Developmental Pediatrician, lecturer, author - to date Currently practicing Child Psychiatry - SalusCareFlorida, Fort Myers, FL.

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