Medications

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Wed, 10-01-2003 - 11:30am
When DS was diagnosed with PDD-NOS Iowa City Hospital told us that DS does not need to be put on medication since he did not have "bad" behaviors. I am wondering what medications are out there for this disorder and what the medication does to help the child.

I have noticed that DS will go up to his peers now and initiate a conversation. I was THRILLED when I first saw this and was tickled to death. I had to tell DH and he was shocked that he did this.

I am wondering if kids do grow out of this or it gets milder as time goes on. Can anyone elaborate on this for me of your thoughts and perceptions please? Thanks in advance for your input.

I am wondering if medication helps for the arm flapping/swaying back and forth or the leg swaying back and forth. I remind him of when he is doing this and he stops but I am wondering if he does this at school and concerned of being bullied. High school is tough enough and this being his first year and all. He tells me that kids do not pick on him or say mean things to him.

Anyway thanks for reading and putting up with my many questions,

Linda

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Wed, 10-01-2003 - 12:10pm
I don't really know about any meds for PDD. My son, 7yo, is currently on Abilify, a med intended for schizophrenia, but does really well to assist with the impulsivity that Tristan experiences. His finger tapping and leg swaying have subdued significantly - not toally disappeared, mind you, but they have decreased.

I can't really say if kids "outgrow" their dx's or not. Personally, I feel that if they truely have something on the spectrum, they will never be done with it. Maybe it declines, don't know. I do think, however, that as children get older, they learn how to better handle themselves, which can give the *illusion* that they have outgrown the dx. At least, that's my 2cents on it!

~Carrie

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Wed, 10-01-2003 - 12:15pm
OOps........forgot to mention one thing about the Abilify. His psych., the one that actually put him on it, says that the impulsivity is actually coming from his ADHD, not the PDD/NOS. (then again, this is the same woman that dx'd him with the PDD, but said "but this isn't anything you must bother yourselves with. The effects that he will display are the "good" ones, so this dx will only "help" him, not hinder him, so I won't deal with that.") On the other hand, our psycho-therapist feels that the Abilify is the best thing for him, and that the impulsivity DOES come from the PDD. Isn't it wonderful when there are two docs working for "the best of your child" and they completely disagree?! ROFL

Here's the website about Abilify - http://www.abilify.com

(now, please remember that this is just what works for our situation - I'm not saying this will work for you)

~Carrie

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Wed, 10-01-2003 - 1:11pm
My son, Chris (10, AS) takes Risperdal, which helps him enormously with his anxiety and expressions of aggression. It keeps him on a more even keel.

As for the flapping/swaying, perhaps your son could find some alternative physical releases. Chris squeezes a stress ball at school (very unobtrusive) and when he gets home, he jumps on a mini-trampoline in the playroom to unleash some of the energy and stress from a long day at school.

As for outgrowing the diagnosis, I don't think they ever do, but as they get older, they may learn more socially typical behaviors and be more able to interact with others.

Elizabeth

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Wed, 10-01-2003 - 4:30pm

There is no specific medication for PDD or any autism spectrum disorder.

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Wed, 10-01-2003 - 8:30pm

Hi Linda,


Well, Renee already said pretty much everything I was going to say (again, lol).


My 11yo dd, who is not on the spectrum, has taken Welbutrin in the past for her anxiety.

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Thu, 10-02-2003 - 12:10am

Candes,


which tic reducers are you considering.

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Thu, 10-02-2003 - 12:49am
Guys,

I'm answering a question with a question, but I'm Irish so reserve the right!

Just wondering, with regard to the tics: Do any of your children stutter in addition to the tics or as a precursor to a cycle?

"Curious" on LI (aka Paula)

-Paula

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Thu, 10-02-2003 - 10:24am
My DS does stutter and this began in the 3rd grade which made the teacher and school speech pathologist think that there was something going on at home again this was before he was diagnosed. He continues to stutter which mainly elongates words or sounds. He also can identify the sounds that he gets stuck on. Example look would be I guess like this l...ook and he can state that his tounge got stuck. That is when we say watch the foot pedal (since he is into racing) and tap on it to get it going such as llook. I have noticed that he does this more recently and am thinking of contacting the speech person at school because he is only seeing DS once a week instead of twice a week like last year.

I hope that answers your question and thanks to all who answered mine.

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Thu, 10-02-2003 - 12:16pm

Cait doesn't stutter, but I do know that tics can increase or usually do increase with stress.

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Sun, 10-05-2003 - 5:10am