Hi ladies! I'm working towards my special education degree. I have a report to do this month on using drugs such as Ritalin on children under the age of 6. Some aspects I'd like to hear about is if you felt pressured to put your child on it. Has there been a positive change in your child, or did you eventually take them off of it? What type of drug? Please just share your experiences with me? I'd like to get a more personal take. Thank you so much : )
Answer by motherofhope98 at 11:37 AM on Oct. 10, 2010
Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 8:58 AM on Oct. 9, 2010
Answer by m-avi at 9:24 AM on Oct. 9, 2010
That said, when my child was 3, preschool teachers began telling me that I needed to put him on Ritalin. I knew that my son did not have ADHD, as I had worked as a social science researcher in the area of childhood disorders. My son has Asperger, with a strong OCD component. If I had put him on Ritalin, it would have driven him over the edge. My point is, teachers and school staff can provide a lot of insight for parents, but they should not play psychiatrist or pharmacist.
Answer by 21stCenturyMom at 9:28 AM on Oct. 9, 2010
Answer by FootballMom85 at 8:59 AM on Oct. 9, 2010
Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 9:06 AM on Oct. 9, 2010
Answer by tiggermom803 at 11:22 PM on Oct. 9, 2010
First let me say, that my son, now almost 11, is medicated and meds saved his life around the time he was 7 and suicidal. I am always very open about my son's medication and the fact that he attempted to harm himself because I want to remove the stigma associated with seeking mental health care for children. I know quite a few moms who will rant and rave about psychotherapeutic med use in children, but those moms, for the most part have never had a child who required serious mental health care...(con't)...
Answer by 21stCenturyMom at 9:27 AM on Oct. 9, 2010
Oh, yes, and I also want to say that I agree with 2blondebabies- Meds should be used in conjunction with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for long term change. Meds should be one tool in the therapeutic toolbox and used to allow the child to learn and access new thought and behavioral strategies. Mostly, we need to give kids with mental health challenges compassion, which they are so often deprived of in school and society.
Answer by 21stCenturyMom at 9:32 AM on Oct. 9, 2010
Answer by 2autisticsmom at 5:04 PM on Oct. 9, 2010