I saw this question Donna posed on the Dr. Phil thread and I have this same question. I meant to pose it here, but you know how that is, I forgot.I wonder sometimes too about the kids they show on the "Super Nanny" and "Nanny 911" shows. On these programs, all the problems are apparently solved when the parents change their techniques and relate differently to their children, like it was really that easy! Do you suppose that they screen these families first and only use the ones that can be helped by the parents changing their disciplinary techniques? I have never seen one of these shows where one of the children had a genuine, diagnosed disorder like bipolar, or an adopted child with attachment issues, although one of the families had a child with Down Syndrome.
I admit, I'm a fan of the show. Not because I think that her techniques apply to everyone, but I do like to see the positive results (I suppose I like a happy ending).
Anyway, I've also wondered if they screen the families and the children for disorders? Do the producers rule out any possible medical reason of the children's behavior by having the children evaluated?
For example, last week Jo went on about how a three year old boy wasn't potty trained yet. How he should be potty trained by now! She would have had a field day with me and mine. Daughter wasn't trained until 5 and son until he was 6. This was inspite of all efforts of me, teachers, and aides, to help them. I believe it was more of brain signal issue for my difficult children. Not some parenting flaw to be pinned on me.