Explaining the importance of meds
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|Mon, 07-13-2009 - 8:44am|
Before my 6 year old daughter was prescribed Ritalin, she would kick, punch, or spit at someone in the family 30 or more times a day. The day she took it for the first time it felt miraculous, because although the aggression wasn't gone, it was only once or twice.
Sometimes she resists taking the medication. She might say "But I'm doing good today," or just "I don't want to." I don't think she fully gets what it's for, and I'm not sure of the best way to explain it. To me, it is essential that she take it because without it she doesn't have the self-control to make her safe or pleasant to be around. However, I don't want to give her the impression that the meds "make" her act better-- as a teacher I have worked with children who would put the behavior on the meds (for good or for bad. Either they say they are "only good because of the meds" and don't give themselves any credit for their behavior or blame forgetting the meds for bad behavior). So how do I make her see how important taking it is without making it *too* important?