Parenting K-6 Kids/leash on children

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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??

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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.

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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.

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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.

Organizations
American Academy of Pediatrics SW Florida Sportsman's Association Florida Writers Association

Publications
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

Education/Credentials
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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