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Parents of ADHD Children

Homeschooling and meds

My 10 year-old Asperger’s with Combined ADHD son is being home schooled this year - we’ve seen a huge improvement in his anxiety levels but the distractibility is still irritating at times (like how many reminders to put his pjs on after he’s been sent to his room to do so, etc). I know a lot of people who use meds use them for school related focus. Is there anyone who uses them for “real life” focus? His focus in homeschooling is awesome - it’s just other areas in his life.


We had a ridiculous number of snow days this winter. On those days, I gave my son, who is 9, work to do and you bet I gave him meds on those days. I also give him a small dose of meds on Saturdays, an hour before his cello lesson. It makes a huge difference in his focus, but too much medicine also makes him flat and reduce eye contact. Therefore, we try to skip them completely at least one day a week.

Hope this is helpful to you.
Susan in PC, Ohio

Posted by SueH on Mar 26, 2014 at 5:02pm

My son takes his meds every day.  On weekends he takes a lower dose, but, yes, we need them for real life.  He is very difficult to handle/live with when he is not on his meds.

Posted by cmullen17 on Mar 26, 2014 at 10:56pm

My son gets his meds every day.  But he really hasn’t shown any side effects at all really, so we’re thinking they’re good for him.  They’re helping him learn, and that can be at any time, not just when he’s doing school work.

Posted by Rai0414 on Mar 27, 2014 at 1:38am

Yes!!  My 8-yr-old son has borderline Asperger’s and ADHD and I also homeschool him. I am with you that the meds are even more important for “real life” than for schooling. Social situations, situation where there may be overstimulation, and just getting him to just act “right” at home and not be out of control are the most important need for meds. It does help as well for school work so for that I am grateful too. But I just wanted to chime in and agree with you that my son needs meds even more on weekends and other unstructured times.

Posted by StephanieMommy on Mar 30, 2014 at 7:11am

Stephanie - thanks! I was just wondering if anyone else does meds for “real life”. Have you used meds for your son and if son, have you had success? Which ones?

Posted by leiablythe on Mar 31, 2014 at 1:03am

We have him on 10 mg of generic Ritalin 3x day.  We are still experimenting. I would like him to be on a long acting med but we tried Concerta and he really crashed coming off of that one (aggressiveness, melt down). So, we’ll meet with the Dr. on Friday and see what she thinks. Maybe Ritalin LA?  I don’t know. The 3x day thing is hard because it’s a bit like a rollercoaster (although the time he’s on it, it is really helpful).. It would be nice for him to be steady all day and into the evening. What about you?

Posted by StephanieMommy on Mar 31, 2014 at 7:35am

Yeah and I don’t understand this needing medication only for school thing. Maybe it’s lesser or different case of ADHD. My son doesn’t have trouble learning at all even when he is totally being ADHD.  He actually gets so involved in his own learning that those are his best times of day. Of course when he was in school and teachers were demanding things of him all day long, that was difficult. Hard to stay in seat and following directions. But in terms of actual learning things, he does great.

Posted by StephanieMommy on Mar 31, 2014 at 7:38am

Just a thought….maybe it’s the combo Asperger’s and ADHD. They get “hyper-focused” on their learning. I actually think it’s great. My son knows everything about geography! So the attention is focused on their studies. He’s also very smart (high IQ) which is typical with Asperger’s so they love to learn which is why schooling is not their weak point. Social situations are very difficult and cause emotional regulation issues and impulsivity in my son’s case.

Posted by StephanieMommy on Mar 31, 2014 at 7:45am

I am very new to this one. I need to know if I decides to not let my son go back to school because he is constinaly getting targeted of his school because of his disorder, will homeschool help him at home instead in school?

Posted by belinda06 on Apr 02, 2014 at 4:05am

We homeschool, as well.  So far our daughter (almost 9) has been diagnosed with ADHD,dyspraxia, anxiety, and OCD.  We will get the official results back in a couple of weeks.  She is very intelligent but also very impulsive and struggles socially.  She is actually more pleasant to be around when she is on her medication.  She takes Focalin XR 10 mg in the morning.  We will probably be starting her on a medication to treat the anxiety as well when we do our follow up in a couple of weeks.  I just wanted to chime in that we also use medication for “real-life” and not just school time.

Posted by mjsmom73 on Apr 02, 2014 at 5:13am

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