To medicate... or not to medicate?
by Rachel J.
(Everett, WA, USA)
Me and the boy
I have a 4 year old son with SPD. He has acute sensitivity with audio and proprioceptive intake. His struggles have mainly manifested themselves in the way of: behaviorally (socially, emotionally) which has turned into physically. My son's comfort emotion is aggression and I have recently seen himself getting physical with himself... as well as with me and his siblings.
I am worried.
I have prided myself on diving completely into his world to educate myself and learn as much as I can to help my son. I feel that thanks to many resources and professionals; I am extremely knowledgeable about his needs and circumstances and can provide him with the therapy and strategies to calm him and help him focus in and out of the home (this site has been a huge help...thank you). I have him enrolled in weekly OT as well as a developmental preschool with OT's and psychologists on staff.
I do not know how I feel yet about medicating, but am trying to do some research.
What brought on this train of thought was the fever my son came down with the other day.
It was as if his fever consumed the distressing energy that always surrounds him and causes him to spin out of control. In his state of sickness, he was truly a calmer and happier person.
He was so mellow and relaxed and almost a different child. So agreeable and sweet. I saw the child I know is inside him... but is just constantly bombarded with everything we are numb to... and frustrated and aggressive because of it.
This must all sound so warped, I'm sure. I was just thinking if there was a medicinal option that may bring his attention down a notch, he might really be able to shine without as many distractions (inside and outside of his body).
Any help or websites or medications you might suggest would be awesome.
Thanks, keep up the good work. I will be reading...