Does anyone give their child a short acting Ritalin in the early am followed by the long acting before school? I am wondering if it's an option for my DS. He has a terrible time getting ready in the morning despite having 1.5 hours to do it. I don't give him the Focalin XR until just before he leaves for school so there would be about 1.5 hours between giving the short acting and the XR. I am going to talk to the doctor about this but we don't have an appointment for about 6 weeks. I am really sick of the craziness in the mornings. We have started packing his backpack in the evening and using a checklist, but he's not being careful about the checklist and just putting checkmarks. I am at my wits end!