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engiishmuffin

Dx with aspergers

Hi, my 9yr old ds has had issues with adhd, and now dx by pyschitrist with asbergers. I'm working with doctor on controling some of his anxiety issues so we can teach him better social skills and to calm down, he is very mentally and physcially hyper. He is taking 1mg of tenex, and .5mg of risperidone. This is fairly new we are on day 4 and I understand it can take up to 10 days to tell if meds are working or not. Its so overwhelming not only trying to control the bad behaviors but also to understand them and provide outlets needed, and find ways to help over come so much anxiety. I'm so worried im not doing the right thing, but trying my best to stay calm and figure this all out, anyone else on the same page? I'm glad we are trying the meds over summer so I can watch him closly. Weve been on the tenex for awhile but the risperidone is the new one. Love to connet with anyone going through some of the same. Ds has very poor social skills, and no paitence for me to hear about them or for me to try and teach him. We have tried many behavior charts/chores charts/ and house rules systems. I want to give him allowance but I cannot find a system that works for us we fail over and over. Any advice out there?



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concerned mom

Hi,
My son is borderline ADD and has a learning disorder. We don't have him on any meds, but I have tried alternative treatments that haven't worked for him. One thing that helps somewhat w/ the focusing and social issues is exercise, massage and other physical activities (crab walk, wheelbarrow, lifting something "heavy"...). I was a bit skeptical at first, but the PT at school says it helps calm our son down a bit so he can better focus. I do exercises w/ him at home, and I have to say it helps redirect my son's energy. It's not a fullproof solution, but it's worth a try, even if it helps just a little.
I'd like to know how the meds work out for your son. I've been so afraid of giving my son any drugs, but sometimes I wonder if it's the right thing to do. Keep us posted, and good luck.
PS--Two good sources I found for teaching social skills to young children are: Social Skills by Carol Gray and an online company called Sandbox Learning. These offer stories that can be incorporated into everyday life.