by Suzettea

Is using medication for behaviors of not keeping hands to self and impulsive behavior, not listening encouraged?

My son was diagnosed at 2 with sensory disorder, he attended head start they worked with him on behaviors. He now is in Kindergarten and they feel like he must be able to keep his hands to himself, must sit in his seat, must sit beside other children in a group and participate. All these things he can do but there are times when he just can not. He now hates school, he seems to be very upset most days. The response I keep getting is he needs to be put on Ritalin just to take off the edge. He does not have ADHD.

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Dec 31, 2008
we have done with meds and without
by: Laura

My 8 year old daughter Hannah has SPD & ADHD. I waited to put her on medication until we saw that she couldn?t function at school without it. She started Adderall in the first grade and it made such a incredible difference. It was like my daughter was present in this world.

Since then we have done 4 different medications, Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera and currently she is on Concerta. You must remember if you decide on medication that each child is different and reacts differently to meds. Hannah has had depression and severe weight loss with 2 of these meds. You need to keep a close eye on your child. It doesn't hurt if can have your child see a family counselor before starting medication and after.

This summer we went without medication and it was a good test to see how she would do without it. She actually now knows the difference between having her pill and not and she wants to take her pill. She says she doesn't like how her brain feels without it. I know that some people have this opinion that putting your child on medication is a bad thing (my parents for example). But for some children, mine included, medication is a necessity. (my parents eventually came around and see the benefits for Hannah)

Nov 22, 2008
by: Marcie

My son has both SPD and ADHD and he is not on meds. That is a choice that we (my son and I) have made together. It makes me angry when I hear of schools telling parents that their child needs to be put on medication. It may take some doing on your part but the school needs to be educated on the behaviors of a child with SPD. I feel that schools want children on medication so that they don't have to deal with something out of the ordinary.

You know your child best and if you feel that medication is not right for him then don't let the school tell you what to do. My son has an OT through the school. Would that be something that your school could offer your child?

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