Parents of ADHD Children
Stimulants causing dullness in comprehension
My 10 year old son has been on stimulants since he was 5. Last year we started with a speech therapist who saw him one day with meds (concerta 36) and one day without. She told me that she felt that he was better able to complete tasks when off medication than when he was on. And, at the same time, he was finishing up a neuropsychological evaluation and I asked the doctor if she would test him for 20 minutes without medication. She did and said that, even though he was incredibly impulsive, when he eventually completed a task, he scored better than when on medication.
I have been reading how these stimulants can ‘dull’ the senses and it’s been shown to me by two professionals. My son’s psychopham changed him to short-acting Focalin, but he’s still got that fog. Non-stimulants are totally ineffective. But, I feel like I"m causing damage by keeping him on this medication that dulls his senses and causes him to not perform well academically. Anyone going through this now and any thoughts on alternatives?
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