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Is Ritalin The Right Choice For My Son? He Was Recently Diagnosed With Aspergers.

Is Ritalin The Right Choice For My Son? He Was Recently Diagnosed With Aspergers.

My son benefits from taking Ritalin to function at school, as well as at home. When he is not medicated, he gets silly and cannot concentrate/daydreams and gets off task often. Ritalin has been his saving grace at school and at home. However, he often suffers from a lot of anxiety at school. When he was in kindergarten and first grade, he used to have meltdowns at school but never had them at home. At the time, he was diagnosed with… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Not part of a program that I know of, she asked us if it was ok to do before she started because she thought he would be open to it, and he was. What she does is she says she is reprogramming his brain, and that if he does what she asks he gets tickets. At the end of the week he turns these tickets he gets in and gets a prize. He gets tickets for doing other things to as a reward for work he does as well.

I have to say that over the Holidays he tried to eat different foods by us telling him that if he tried them we would let his techer know what he had done and that he did a good job and it worked. This has also worked with him getting him to do things or eat at different times then he is used to as well. I would say it works about 80% of the time.

posted almost 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Asperger's is a neurological disorder. To my knowledge, there is no known medication that is prescribed. My daughter also struggles with concentrating in school, and she was diagnosed with Asperger's as well as ADHD. She takes Vyvanse to help her with the ADHD. As a medical professional, I would suggest discussing any decisions related to prescription medications for your child be limited to you and your physician. If you don't trust your doctor enough to let him give you an informed medical opinion, then I would suggest finding another physician.

posted almost 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Carol Grey is the inventor of this strategy. She has written a couple books and has a website.

posted almost 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My son has similar issues and he has been on Aderall for a few years now and it works great for him. even one day without his meds and he cannot concentrate and is very distracted by everything. he has had no side affects from it what so ever and has only had his dosage increased once in four years

The other thing that works is that his special ed teacher has worked very hard with him and has instituted a process where she tells him she is reprogramming his brain so he can try new things and not take things so literally, and it has amazed me how well it has worked out. I had my doubts at first but it has been great, and we now use the technique at home as well.

posted almost 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

@evak77 Thanks for elaborating. I'll have to keep this in mind and may find a way to incorporate it.

posted almost 8 years ago
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