Parents of ADHD Children
On Concerta, do we need more meds?
I have a fourth grader who is now taking Concerta, 36. It does help him a lot. Without the medicine, he makes weird noises and dances/moves at inappropriate times, among other impulsive behaviors. The medicine has made it easier for him to stay in his seat at school. He has always been put at his own desk and for the first time this year, we are almost in November and he still sits with other kids! When I take him off the meds for a day, the behaviors return.
He has always been very advanced academically, but struggles socially. He seems immature for his age. Even on the medicine, he is very bossy and doesn’t see other children’s point of view. Other kids are starting to not want to play with him, which I knew would happen eventually but was always dreading. He talks constantly and doesn’t get when other people are no longer listening. It’s like he HAS to finish what he is saying, even if others are totally annoyed.
I am wondering if anyone else has kids who act like this, where they are not struggling with schoolwork but don’t “play well with others?” His teacher says he doesn’t do well in activity groups because he has to be right about everything. He is sweet at home and nice to his little sister, it’s school that is our big problem. Is there another medicine to try that has helped to try in addition to Concerta or instead? Or is this just my kid’s personality and I have to hope he learns/grows out of it?
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