Hyperactive children to queue jump at theme parks

Waiting in queues deemed too stressful

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Children with hyperactive disorders such as ADHD will no longer have to wait in line at theme parks because the stress of queuing is too much for them.

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Theme parks, including Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, are handing out wrist bands that allow youngsters to jump queues for rides and attractions if they present a doctor’s letter as proof of having a hyperactive disorder.

“Children with ADHD are very impulsive and just can’t cope in a queue or when there is a delay in gratification,” said Andrea Bilbow, from the ADDISS support service. “They can’t stand and wait for an hour because there will be a nice ride at the end of it. They physically can’t cope with that.”

Priority passes are available at many of Britain’s theme parks and a spokesman for Thorpe Park explained that families are given a time to come back that reflects the length of the normal queue line, meaning they avoid standing for a long period.

However, teachers have criticised the system, saying it undermines teaching children patience.

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What do you think? Should hyperactive children be given priority at theme parks or should they join the queue?

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