ADHD, 3RD GRD, CONCERTA, AND SOCCER
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|Thu, 09-11-2003 - 12:42pm|
My son just recently went from taking Ritalin 10 mg TID (30 mg), to taking 36 mg of Concerta in the morning as well as 10 mg of Ritalin at 3:30pm. He has been on the dose since fairly recent. I believe he started the 36 mg of Concerta on the 27th of Aug. We switched last week to the extra dose of Ritalin in the afternoon because he was becoming MEAN in the afternoon. We never experienced MEAN behavior when he was on Ritalin alone. However, his day care director says the concerta and ritalin combo are better because he participates with the other children more.
Okay, well here is our problem. Ty started 3rd grd this year and there is some major adjusting to be done to this grade. He is forgetting to write his assignments down and isn't telling me what the homework is. I first thought he wasn't comprehending so I called his RSP teacher and now he comprehends, however, this morning he tells me about an assignment that is due TODAY. He didn't write it down and he told me he completed his homework. Well he completed 1 page and failed to tell me the rest. To include he is playing soccer. The practice schedule is twice a week and I was bringing Ty only one day a week. Well the coach lays into Ty telling him that he isn't understanding the game and MUST be there two days a week. Okay I understand but don't you think you should discuss with the parent and not the child since he is in capable of making those decsions?? Anyway, coach also said that Ty is EXTREMLY frusterated on the field. Practice is at 5:00 - 6:30 and my sons meds are wearing off. I see his frusteration. He is tired and exhausted. So I told Tyler that he can go to practice twice a week but if school work suffers he won't be able to play soccer. HE REALLY WANTS TO PLAY!!
My question- should I talk to the doctor about a new med? Is concerta better? SHould there be an increase in the afternoon dose? What methods do you use and has anyone had these problems?