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    @White Mage gymnastics looks great! But big hugs for what sounded like a really trying afternoon though Waiting anywhere can be such a nightmare with kids like ours

    We have an appointment this afternoon at home with a child psych to discuss some strategies for some of DS's challenging behaviours. We haven't seen a psych since DS was diagnosed, so it will hopefully be quite beneficial.

    DH and I had a talk the other day - we feel like it's worthwhile to explore the possibility of DS having ADD/ADHD on top of his ASD. I've noticed so many ASD kids seem to have it, and also a lot of kids are medicated. I need to make sure we're doing everything we can to help him, so I'm going to look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Degrassi View Post

    DH and I had a talk the other day - we feel like it's worthwhile to explore the possibility of DS having ADD/ADHD on top of his ASD. I've noticed so many ASD kids seem to have it, and also a lot of kids are medicated. I need to make sure we're doing everything we can to help him, so I'm going to look into it.
    We've had this talk too .
    Seeing a new Paed on Thursday so will see what he says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    We've had this talk too .
    Seeing a new Paed on Thursday so will see what he says.
    Our paed thought add/ADHD first before autism. I actually dismissed his claims. I wouldn't Medicate DS. Only because of all the medication I am on.

    Do your kids sleep well? DS sleeps well after I spent $1200 on a sleep consultant 😳

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    I have to fly back to tassie soon and most flights have huge stop overs I want to neck myself. My paed said I can sedate DS. :/ does that sound wrong. Our last flight was so bad I was crying the whole time. He doesn't like head phones etc so won't even put movie on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    Our paed thought add/ADHD first before autism. I actually dismissed his claims. I wouldn't Medicate DS. Only because of all the medication I am on.

    Do your kids sleep well? DS sleeps well after I spent $1200 on a sleep consultant
    Yeh I really don't want medication.
    I have 2 kids on melatonin. 1 (2yo son) is "as needed" as we are trialling it, and my 3yo daughter is on it permanently.
    They assured me that it's more akin to a vitamin supplement than a "drug" but it still makes me nervy. They both have a lot of trouble sleeping. 3yo was told by her Paed that she has "unexplained insomnia" but we haven't had a chance to explore it further yet. But she went on it because she literally passed out from exhaustion one day so suddenly the melatonin was the far lesser evil.

    For my son, I never thought ADHD until recently and it's because he literally cannot sit still, not can he keep his focus on anything for any length of time. (A few other things as well but they are the most obvious). When he was diagnosed with autism, he was 2.5 years old and the developmental Paed said he could see it before we even got up in the waiting room. He would have diagnosed him in 10 minutes if he could have. The rest of the appointments were just a formality.
    His sleep varies. He will sometimes (maybe once every 2 months or so) go a whole 2 or 3 days without sleeping at all. Just stays up the whole night and day. Then will sleep for 2 days straight just about. No one has really explained why it happens. Other than that, he usually just wakes up for a couple of hours in the middle of the night, a few days a week, and goes and watches cartoons in the lounge room. I only really know about it if he leaves the telly on, or if I accidentally leave lollies in reach and he eats them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    I have to fly back to tassie soon and most flights have huge stop overs I want to neck myself. My paed said I can sedate DS. :/ does that sound wrong. Our last flight was so bad I was crying the whole time. He doesn't like head phones etc so won't even put movie on.
    I know someone who just gives their kid phenergan every day for a nap just because "it's easier". So no, sedating your special needs child for a plane trip that is likely to be traumatic for everyone involved, is not wrong. "You gotta do, what you gotta do!"

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    Ds1 was on Ritalin LA which is a slow release which helped him a lot. We have just been prescribed with something different that last longer and a little bit stronger.
    We will monitor him for the next month and go back to paed for a review.
    When Ds1 was diagnosed with ADHD I was very uncomfortable with the though of Ritalin, especially after a friend of mine seemed to really despise the meds, but I was willing to try it and see if it would help. After a bit of time and tweaking of the meds, he has flourished as a result. His speech improved, he has a willingness to hold conversations, able to sit to activities for longer periods of time.
    Despite what you may hear, you never know, it may actually do some good, never dismiss the option.

    monnie! Do it, it will be a better experience for the both of you.
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    Oh man

    Feeling quite concerned and deflated after a conversation with DS's preschool director this morning.

    Apparently DS has been more challenging than ever with some of his behaviour and they want assistance from our specialists to help with some support and strategies.

    I'm really glad they've told me, but I feel awful that he seems to have regressed. He's been generally oppositional, having pretty awful tantrums/meltdowns when he doesn't get his own way, and being a bit aggressive physically with other children

    And stupid me forgot to bring up the subject of ADD/ODD with the behavioural therapist yesterday.

    We will be having a meeting next month with our therapists and preschool to discuss everything, but it's really concerning that he's like this when he has to start school next year.
    @White Mage what kind of specialist diagnosed your DS1 with ADHD (paed/psych/other)? I feel like I need to explore this option as a priority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Degrassi View Post
    Oh man

    Feeling quite concerned and deflated after a conversation with DS's preschool director this morning.

    Apparently DS has been more challenging than ever with some of his behaviour and they want assistance from our specialists to help with some support and strategies.

    I'm really glad they've told me, but I feel awful that he seems to have regressed. He's been generally oppositional, having pretty awful tantrums/meltdowns when he doesn't get his own way, and being a bit aggressive physically with other children

    And stupid me forgot to bring up the subject of ADD/ODD with the behavioural therapist yesterday.

    We will be having a meeting next month with our therapists and preschool to discuss everything, but it's really concerning that he's like this when he has to start school next year.
    @White Mage what kind of specialist diagnosed your DS1 with ADHD (paed/psych/other)? I feel like I need to explore this option as a priority.
    Hugs Degrassi in the other thread I have already thought about holding DS back because of his anger etc. how old is your DS?

    Have any of you worked with sleep psychologists? We did and made huge difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    Hugs Degrassi in the other thread I have already thought about holding DS back because of his anger etc. how old is your DS?

    Have any of you worked with sleep psychologists? We did and made huge difference
    Thanks monnie. DS is 5 (6 next February).

    We have never looked into sleep psychologists because DS has always been a great sleeper (we are very lucky in this respect).

    He's always been very determined/bossy/assertive. I know he can't help it, but he is always pushing his own agenda and doesn't seem to care about how it effects others. Don't get me wrong - he's got a lot of great qualities and he is often a good boy, it's just that he seems to have taken his negative behaviour up a notch in the preschool setting. I hate thinking that he's upsetting his aide

    I also think him not having a sibling doesn't help - he breezes through home life without having to share toys or attention, so when he gets among other children it's a challenge.


 

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