Medication Roller Coaster - Need Suggestions

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Medication Roller Coaster - Need Suggestions
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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 12:28am

One of my five-year-old twins was diagnosed with ADHD in the fall after starting Kindergarten.

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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 7:47am

do they do any modifications in the class for him? I know long before we made the medication jump they did things in the class to help with the hyperactivity. He has a special disco seat and a band tied to the legs of his chair where he puts one or both legs behind and well in his case before medication he had so much energy he would snap it with one leg but the theroy behind it is they are using some energy pushing up against it it away to get out some energy without being disruptive.

Just an idea but if there are modifications in the class maybe its an avenue to look at before upping or changing medication

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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 12:42pm
It sounds as if he is having alot of rebound issues. It might be time for a change in meds, or dose. Next time, make sure they start the meds at the lowest dose though, to get the right one easier
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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 3:02pm
Are you working with a psychologist or behavior therapist on his ODD? That could be a step you might want to consider, medications aren't going to help a lot with that.

I was also curious if you were going to keep your twins in the same classroom this year. Them being very competitive with each other is a familiar story to me, which is why I separated mine in 1st grade. They have a hard time remembering they are not "siblings" in school but "classmates", so keeping them apart helped with behavior issues.

I hope that the doctor has a good solution with his meds, please keep us posted. It's not easy finding the best one, is it?

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Sat, 04-30-2011 - 10:21pm

Luke does have an extensive 504 plan with modifications.

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Sun, 05-01-2011 - 9:58am

Liam' s issue is meltdown, he will get upset and go into total uncontroable hysterics, we don't believe its ADHD or medicine related, in my heart I know there is more but we've doing behavior modification at home which seems to working. We have marbles and a jar he get marbles for good behavior and we take away for bad. Sometimes I can head off an incident with reminding him he will loss hi marbles, problem is if dad is home he litterly does loss his marbles and the situation just spirals out of control Liam is crying, DH is yelling at him to stop and I am yelling at DH to stop.

At school crying has been an issue but its something that has gotten better and it was never the hysterics we see at home and part is teacher in control she can head off some of it, devert him ect but we've been lucky we have had 3 great teachers. Also think part of it is Liam has a LONG day and lucky us its getting longer next year because they have to move up start time since somehow noone realized we weren't going long enough. But right now Liam leaves the house at 7:30am gets home at 5:45pm its a LONG day for all of us hense DH short fuse too so its just a blow up waiting to happen. At home we also use a cool down, when he does have an incident he is sent to his room until he can calm down,

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Thu, 05-05-2011 - 12:00pm

I have found that medication helps my son with most of his issues, but not all. We use a reward system to help him with his impulse control issues at school. Typically recess and lunch are when he has a hard time controlling his behavior. We created something called a recess dollar. If he makes

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Sat, 07-16-2011 - 10:05pm

you might try changing up his diet.