Hi! New here, My ds is dx with PDD-NOS..

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Registered: 04-17-2003
Hi! New here, My ds is dx with PDD-NOS..
Thu, 07-10-2003 - 12:55am
with adhd-inattentive type, he's easily distractible, physically he's not into things that or climbing everywhere, he's pretty good at that.

My question is is there anyone here, who's child has comorbid disorder?

Does he take med. for the pdd-nos or the co-existing disorder? My son's PhD, wants us to try medicating him for his adhd, but I'm not too keen about the idea.

Do you also give supplements?

Can you give supplements and medication at the same time?

Thanks in advance for your answer(s).


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 07-10-2003 - 3:35am
Hi, C, I have an 8yo dd with AS, ADHD, Dyslexia, and possible mild MR. Her biggest thing is the AS, but the ADHD is right up there with it. I'm a Behavioral Therapist for people with ADHD so I've never found cause to medicate her. Instead I provide a way of life that offers a better 'fit' to her problems. We use her 'roaming' mentality to her advantage.

Jade used to be incredably inattentive, she still is to a certain degree, but she's shown a lot of progress in the last few years. It takes a lot of discipline on the parent's behalf, and it most certainly doesn't happen overnight, but a lot can be done to help people with ADHD overcome their trials without the use of meds. I'm not saying that meds are always a taboo thing though. In some cases they may really be called for.

My neice cycles on Welbutrin (sp?) jsut before and durring school mid terms and finals. My sis started doing that after she faild ALL of her major written tests 3 years in a row and no study therapy worked for her. Thankfully, she had some great teachers who agreed to re-give the tests orally after she didn't pass the writens. She still scored low on most of the tests, but at least she passed them. Her everyday schoolwork was great (B+ average), so she passed all of her courses. She does just fine with long tests when she takes the meds and she stops taking them as soon as the mid terms or finals are over. Her mother is able to apply daily behavioral therapy to get her through everything else.

All I can say is if your not comfortable with the idea of givong your ds meds for the ADHD then maybe you might look into tried and true therapies. The Two Minute Cirlce works great for homework and studying (with most people). And the Stay With Me method of interpersonal relations is good for comorbids that include ASDs because it also helps with social skills. Floortime is good too because it helps the kiddo learn to think for themselves better and learn to finish tasks by self-managing. That's another one that's good for interpersonal relations. Oh geez, ther are so many wonderful and workable techniques out there, all it takes is a little bit of research or a halfway descent BT......but most importantly, it takes commitment on behalf of the parents to try something different and keep an open mind. Which it sounds like you already have, or you wouldn't be asking the questions. :)

I don't give my kids supplements (other than gummys and some diet control) so I can't offer you any advice there. But I believe some of our other members know quite a bit about supplements and have had some success with them. Hopefully one of them will post an answer for you.

Hope to hear more from you,


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 07-10-2003 - 10:25pm
Hi, my 10 yr. old dd was diag. last yr. with ADHD (Inattentive) & AS. My pediatrician recommended meds. I am most familiar with ritalin & adderal. There are many more. I am reluctant to medicate her. I would love to have Candes living down the street because I think behavioral therapy is the way to go. I checked out the school nurses med list @ my dd's school & there were about 10- 20 kids on meds, mostly boys. This was about 2 yrs. ago before longer acting stimulants came on the market. I was appalled by this. We are so quick to look for a cure all. I'm going to see how she does this yr. & decide what to do. School is so hard for her. She has to take summer school as we speak. I REALLY notice that sugar affects her & try to limit that. Other than that I haven't done any supplements, etc. Take care- MaryAnn
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 07-11-2003 - 12:20am
I have a six year old diagnosed autism, ADHD and sensory integration. The professionals wanted to give him drugs for adhd and anxiety. At the time I thought, he's a FIVE year old. You don't give a FIVE year olds drugs like the ones they were suggesting. Certainly not until I've exhausted all possible avenues and I feel that he would truly need them to function. I don't feel like I've even begun to explore the possibilites and he is functioning quite fine without them (although a school day with us is quite something to behold). What I am currently trying with him is behavior modification, visual therapy and listening therapy. Listening therapy is quite an amazing thing and if it does all it claims to, my son will never have to take medication for any of his "disorders." You can learn more about the listening therapy at www.tomatis.com

I can't give a definite call on the sucess with this but I am starting to see some small improvements (we've only been doing this just over a month). Its going to be a while but I'll tell you my son has already come a LONG way from where he was as a toddler. I have high hopes for him and believe he is going to do well, quite well, without medication.