Our expert says:
Its important to be sure what we're talking about, and what we are assuming to be the boundaries of normal. Is he hyperactive ? Or just active ? Compared with whom ? If he's disruptive in class, that's usually a disciplinary proble, rather than one needing meds.
Frankly, I applaud the kid for pinching the teacher back - for her to have pinched him was improper conduct for someone supposed to be an educator, and technically an assault. He was making a highly valid poiont, which apparently neither the teacher nor his mother bothered to understand.
The advice to avoid sweets sounds like the teacher is assuming he might be suffering from ADHD, and is giving inappropriate health advice - she is not qualified to make such a diagnosis or to advice on its management - at most, she can alert a parent to the POSSIBILITY that this might be a child's problem, for it to be checked out by an appropriate expert.
The comment you overheard suggests he could be imitating the authoritarian and bullying tone of his teacher as its highly unlikely and child would come up with such comments spontaneously and entirely on his own.
Preferring English, well, maybe he associates it with higher status or just wants to practice it as much as possible to do better in it, at school.
If you have several reasons to be concerned he might have ADHD, a paediatician might be able to help, but a child psychologist would be the best person to assess him, as he/she could also consider disciplinary problems should these exist, and advise the child, and the parents and yourself about the best sort of disciplinary program to adopt to help him learn to be better behaved on issues where it really counts.
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