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    We started Ritalin 4 days ago (morning only) and the teacher has noticed lots of positive changes. He's concentrating, he's keeping his hands too himself at carpet time, his focused, happier and less hands-on and impulsive. He still has social skills issues, but the speech and language therapist is going to work with him.
    My main question is, my paediatrician wanted him to start the 2nd Midday Ritalin after 7-10 days, however the teacher did say that although his a little bit hyperactive in the afternoons, it's not as bad as before Ritalin and his behaviour seems to be much more manageable. For now.
    So I'm wondering if it's ok to only give the morning Ritalin? Maybe it's helping him start the day focused and more confident, therefore he finds the day less stressful?

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    They only last 4 hours. That's why second tablet. I would give it because it helps for homework too. If you do it straight after school
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    Ds1 is in prep, so at the moment his homework is just the reader. His routine is snack/TV, get changed and then reader. To be honest he actually enjoys his reader and although I have to sometimes remind him not to fidget with the nearest object on the table or ignore what his brother is doing, he's actually pretty good for those 15 or so minutes.
    As for OT and speech work, I combine the two and make sure Dh is looking after Ds2. I use this visual schedule App that really helps DS1 stay on track and concentrate. Last week our special activity was making chocolate muffins.

    Even at OT and speech therapy he usually does each task without hassle.
    Thats why I sometimes wonder what type of Adhd he has because academically he is doing ok. With structure and rewards he enjoys the work. He struggles when it's carpet/mat time - too much hands on (poking, kicking, grabbing others lunch boxes etc.). He struggles socially and is also below for fine motor skills.

    Although the meds help in the morning, if the teacher thinks he's doing ok in the afternoon (still issues with friendships and how to talk to his friends) then it would be great if he could learn to manage his impulses and do the work without them.

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    I'm considering 1/2 the 10mg tablet at midday. I might ask the paed. Has anyone done this before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    I'm considering 1/2 the 10mg tablet at midday. I might ask the paed. Has anyone done this before?
    I have my DS on 30 something mg Concerta (long acting slow release ritalin) of a morning before breakfast & 1/2 of the 10mg ritalin at 1130 at school &it helps him immensely

    eta just realized I posted in this thread in 2013 & how much improvement I've seen in his behavior since
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorja View Post
    I'm back.... Should of known I would not get a moment on the computer during the day! Lol
    I'm not even sure where to start in summing up ds. He is only 4 and was diagnosed last year. It seems so early compared to many cases I know of but I have had concerns about his behaviour since infancy and been to many paeds You know how parents say they live in a fog for those first few weeks then everything settles at about 3 months.... I still feel like I am in the fog. Ds is (although in different ways) as much hard work as an Infant.
    He is just all consuming. I carry a notepad and make lists all day of all the simple stuff I need to do but can't do while he is around ie. pay bills, make ph calls, sort a drawer etc. when he goes to bed I am so exhausted it rarely gets done anyway. I even write down things I need to think about as I find it hard to even think while he is around as I am constantly listening, negotiating, entertaining or preempting wat he may do.
    He is really impulsive and always moving! I can be talking to him about why he shouldn't do 1 thing all while he is emptying a drawer just because his hands will not stop moving. He just constatly ransacks stuff! I spend my life trying to find creative hiding spots as there is nowhere in the house he cannot/ will not go. I can't even put stuff in the bin as he will randomly look in the bin and then start a conflict over something he finds in there.
    The conflicts are relentless! I can suggest we do one of his fav things but find myself fighting him all the way. You can imagine trying to do something he doesn't want to do! It could be anything ie. me saying something he wanted to say, or turning the car left when he wanted to go right (even when he doesn't know where we r!)
    He talks constantly! And loudly! And when he can't talk anymore he makes loud repetitive noises.
    He loves to be social!! But I really need to be selective of the situation.it needs to be somewhere outside where he is not restricted but cannot run away and where we can 'escape' quickly if things turn crazy. Shopping, friends houses, outings with others ( depending on who), people over, dinner are a NO for various reasons.
    He stutters because he just cannot focus on what he is saying.
    Most of the day I need to hold dd as he is really rough with her.
    He is a dare devil! I mostly look at this as a positive as his skills in many things are amazing due to his willingness to dive straight in but it's also scary and means constant supervision is necessary.
    Omg I could just write and write! Lol
    I love this little guy but he drives me nuts!!
    Quote Originally Posted by jagamoe View Post
    I have my DS on 30 something mg Concerta (long acting slow release ritalin) of a morning before breakfast & 1/2 of the 10mg ritalin at 1130 at school &it helps him immensely
    ETA just realized I've already commented on this a few years ago DS behavior has improved so much since he still drives me nuts sometimes but glad it's nowhere near what it was

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorja View Post
    I'm back.... Should of known I would not get a moment on the computer during the day! Lol
    I'm not even sure where to start in summing up ds. He is only 4 and was diagnosed last year. It seems so early compared to many cases I know of but I have had concerns about his behaviour since infancy and been to many paeds You know how parents say they live in a fog for those first few weeks then everything settles at about 3 months.... I still feel like I am in the fog. Ds is (although in different ways) as much hard work as an Infant.
    He is just all consuming. I carry a notepad and make lists all day of all the simple stuff I need to do but can't do while he is around ie. pay bills, make ph calls, sort a drawer etc. when he goes to bed I am so exhausted it rarely gets done anyway. I even write down things I need to think about as I find it hard to even think while he is around as I am constantly listening, negotiating, entertaining or preempting wat he may do.
    He is really impulsive and always moving! I can be talking to him about why he shouldn't do 1 thing all while he is emptying a drawer just because his hands will not stop moving. He just constatly ransacks stuff! I spend my life trying to find creative hiding spots as there is nowhere in the house he cannot/ will not go. I can't even put stuff in the bin as he will randomly look in the bin and then start a conflict over something he finds in there.
    The conflicts are relentless! I can suggest we do one of his fav things but find myself fighting him all the way. You can imagine trying to do something he doesn't want to do! It could be anything ie. me saying something he wanted to say, or turning the car left when he wanted to go right (even when he doesn't know where we r!)
    He talks constantly! And loudly! And when he can't talk anymore he makes loud repetitive noises.
    He loves to be social!! But I really need to be selective of the situation.it needs to be somewhere outside where he is not restricted but cannot run away and where we can 'escape' quickly if things turn crazy. Shopping, friends houses, outings with others ( depending on who), people over, dinner are a NO for various reasons.
    He stutters because he just cannot focus on what he is saying.
    Most of the day I need to hold dd as he is really rough with her.
    He is a dare devil! I mostly look at this as a positive as his skills in many things are amazing due to his willingness to dive straight in but it's also scary and means constant supervision is necessary.
    Omg I could just write and write! Lol
    I love this little guy but he drives me nuts!!
    Quote Originally Posted by jagamoe View Post
    I have my DS on 30 something mg Concerta (long acting slow release ritalin) of a morning before breakfast & 1/2 of the 10mg ritalin at 1130 at school &it helps him immensely
    ETA just realized I've already commented on this a few years ago DS behavior has improved so much since he still drives me nuts sometimes but glad it's nowhere near what it was

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    I'm considering 1/2 the 10mg tablet at midday. I might ask the paed. Has anyone done this before?
    This is what we do (sorry to crash the thread again after so long). DS has been on dexamphetamine now since June with miraculous results but we have had to tinker with his dosage quite a lot.

    For the past four weeks he has 10mg in the morning before school and 2.5mg just after lunch at school. It's awesome.


 

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