It's amazing what medication can do for an emotionally disturbed child...
Prior to today, I never advocated medicating children to deal with their diagnosed disibilities. I've never been on the opposition team either, but I felt that there may be alternatives, such as patience or more engaging teachers and lessons.
I agree that other alternatives should be tried for a while to determine whether that indeed is all the child needs or if more inducive measures should be taken. After today, I'm not really sure if other alternatives is always an option.
I have a student who is severly emotionally desturbed and this has greatly affected his ability to learn. Afterall, if you have a child who bangs his head into desks, walls, and the board when he's frustrated, it would be hard to teach him. If you have a child who won't try unless you tell him what the answers are and when you try to allow him to be independent he flips a desk, it would be hard to teach him.
If you can't keep him calm you can't teach him.
If you can't teach him, how can he learn?
I promise, it was a brand new kid when he returned from the nurse. He was loveable, he was respectful, he was still very insecure to do something unfamiliar, but he was stable. It was refreshing to get through to him.
But at what cost?