Parents of ADHD Children
8 Year old just diagnosed
Hi, I am new to this board. My son is 8 years old and I have known for a long time, that something wasnt quite right. I thought at first he was starting Tourette Sydrome because he started developing some milder tics and I have Tourette’s myself (it was pretty bad when I was younger but I am doing well now)
Over the past couple of years his behaviors got more and more into a direction that seemed like Asbergers. He is not very social, has a hard time making eye contact with new people, has been very precise all of his life, his strength is math and so on.
His counselor suggested though that he may have ADHD (his version was what used to be called ADD but according to him this term is not used anymore)
So now we started the official evaluation process with all tests that go with it.
The tests are finally completely finished and we received the doctors report.
He has a moderate form of ADHD
He also has Anxiety as well as Tourette Syndrome (which luckily right now is pretty mild)
He also has some traits of Asbergers but not enough to be diagnosed with it, but they will be keeping an eye on that.
A medication trial was recommended.
So he was prescribed Concerta. We tried over the weekend and come to find out that he just can not swallow pills. We tried EVERY trick in the book. It was extremely frustrating for the both of us.
Yesterday the doctor changed the prescription to the Daytrana patch. Today he is on the first patch and I really hope that this works for him.
I am extremely nervous about it, especially since these meds lower the tic threshold.
Does anyone have any kind of recommendation for me as far as meds are concerned? Does anyone else have children that just can’t swallow pills?
How do you help your ADHD child through homework as well as through social situations?
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