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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29-04-2015 15:43 #51
29-04-2015 16:57 #52
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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29-04-2015 18:44 #53
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.
Visual schedule app:
Last edited by 2BlueBirds; 29-04-2015 at 18:46.
30-04-2015 20:00 #54
I'm considering 1/2 the 10mg tablet at midday. I might ask the paed. Has anyone done this before?
16-09-2015 20:06 #55
eta just realized I posted in this thread in 2013 & how much improvement I've seen in his behavior since
Last edited by jagamoe; 17-09-2015 at 07:45.
17-09-2015 07:31 #56
17-09-2015 07:40 #57
19-10-2015 12:03 #58
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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