Son dx with Asperger's (med/homeopathy)

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Son dx with Asperger's (med/homeopathy)
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Sat, 09-11-2010 - 2:22pm

My son (who will turn 5 in October) was dx on 7/1/10 with Asperger's Syndrome. Something I've felt he's had for over a year now. He requires a one to one aide in pre-school and often exhibits undpredictable and impulsive behaviors (such as dumping toys at clean up time, swiping things off shelves, throwing things, and making odd noises when he does it.) We feel he does these things to get away from the situation. He always has to be in control of play with adults (he doesn't play with children and often tells us he's afraid of them) He is afraid of people looking at him and drawing any attention to him. It breaks my heart. I too suffer anxiety and it kills me to know this is what he may be feeling inside. We are seeing a wonderful therapist and we are working towards getting him the services he needs in his school.
I do wonder about medications though. or homeopathy. I dont want to put my 5 year old on a medication but we are not opposed to it because he is so intense and feel we need to "calm" him in some way (to benefit mostly him!). Please, if you have any experience with any meds/homeopathy share your stories.



Thank you~



~Andrea

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Registered: 03-21-2007
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 4:44pm

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and the advice.
I am so happy I found this board.




Thank you.



Andrea

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 12:23pm

Hi Andrea, I just wanted to welcome you to the board.

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 5:49am
Hello our son is 6 years old now and he was diagnosed 2 years ago. Our psychiatrist didnt want to use medications at the beginning but after 6 month our he thought that a small dose of atypical Antipsycotic medication (risperidone) will help for the education because Alp was getting more and more agressive. So he is getting risperidone since 1.5 years and it really helps. The medication doesnt solve everything of course but if a professional think that he need it and if you trust him or her its better to follow the instructions.
I hope everything work good for you all
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Registered: 03-21-2007
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 7:03pm

Hi Andrea!



Thank you for your warm welcome. I am so glad to have found this board. No one in my life understands what I am going through, so it's nice to come here where people can understand exactly what I'm going through.



We do have a wonderful

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Registered: 02-28-2008
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 3:50pm

Welcome to the board.

The section down here doesn't get much traffic. People forget to scroll down, so feel free to repost in the top section.

The decision to medicate a child is never an easy one, but after trying more biomedical approaches without success , we did choose to medicate.

Graham is on a stimulant to help with focus , an antidepressant to help with anxiety, and an atypical antipsychotic to help with rages and sleep.

The bad news about medication is that it's trial and error to find the right combination that works for your child. It's doubly difficult with children because they can't always articulate how the med is affecting them - you have to go by behavior. With patience and time, it can be done.

The key is to find a competent psychiatrist who a)treats children and b)is familiar enough with spectrum diagnosis to understand what he/she is dealing with. Not always an easy task if you live in a rural or small town environment. We live in a major urban area, which helped.

So that's our experience with medicating a child on the spectrum.

This board is a place where you can come and be understood, ask as many questions as you want, vent, share, brag, and just generally be accepted. I hope you find lots of support here.

Oh, and nice name. ;-)

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson