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|Mon, 09-21-2009 - 10:55am|
Okay, so I've immersed myself in all of this since we're starting the journey. Since I know meds aren't in the immediate future until we finish the entire assessment, I figured I'd see what I could do to help my daughter NOW. I want her to be accepted by her peers TODAY. I want her teachers to look at her in a positive way TODAY. I want her to feel good about herself TODAY. I don't want to wait weeks for this process.
Doing all the reading on behavior therapy, we already do so much of it in our home. So I know we'll more than likely have to use medication. So I started looking at caffeine and was curious. So yesterday, I gave her a can of coke and WHOA! I was shocked at how she sat in her seat for an entire meal! It may seem small to someone on the outside. But that is HUGE in our home. And she could turn away from the TV and have an actual conversation with me! I only had to call her name once to get her attention instead of the usual 7-10 times!
So my question is, do any of you use caffeine? I am not sure it's the right long term solution. But until we get to the medication end of all of this, I thought I'd try something to help her sooner than later. Any thoughts? I figure, just like any med, it has it's risks and benefits. Can anyone chime in here?