I am Heidi and new to this board.
would a love and logic approach work?If you don't take your medication that is helping you w/ ABC list examples of what he got in trouble for at school yesterday, then maybe I have to figure out a different way to help you w/ your impulsive or staying forcused etc.. And the one way i do know can help is to make sure your getting enough exercise running off that energy (if he is hyperactive), lack of stimulants like screen time etc. Just an example, change terminology as you see fit. Stick w/ it and just keep saying the same thing over and over when he asks to watch TV, video games etc...
good luck I'm sure you probably already tried it, I just immediately thought of how we planned to deal w/ our middle schooler if he does have to go the medication route.
We had a hard time getting our son adjusted to taking the pills, he was a lot older, but has an awful gag reflux.
I know first hand that Focalin tastes HORRIBLE. So is it the taste? DD learned to swallow pills fairly young, so maybe trying to teach him that will help?
We used Tic Tacs for my oldest, she was 11 and could not swallow a pill. Once she matsered swallowing a tic tac, we moved to Plain M&M's. If she swallowed 2 she got 4...
There is also the "you didn't take your meds so you cannot do XYZ", it helps, but you have to pick your battles.
A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.
I don't know why he won't take it!
If he refuses to take it for you, but takes it for someone else just fine then he is playing you. It is a Power struggle, and one you have to win.
I would take away privileges if he doesn't take it, or makes himself vomit( they CAN vomit at will, DD was a pro). For example, "If you take your meds nicely then after school you can
My daughter has been on Focalin XR for 3 yrs now.