Medication to help with focus in school.
My son is 9 diagnosed with high functioning autism last November. After a recent medical evaluation, the doctors made a recommendation that my son try medication during school hours. In class, he has a hard time staying on task., keeping focus, and filtering out the distractions in order to listen and follow his teacher. My husband and I discussed the topic of medication before. We agreed that if our son's academics are significantly impacted by his behaviors, we would consider medication. Until now, that hasn't happened. I know my son is smart and has the ability to do a lot better in subjects if he just focused and payed attention in class. When I help him with his homework here at home, I don't have too much of a problem getting him to focus. I just have to redirect him. He obviously does a lot better one on one. This can be a challenge to have in his class because the ratio of teacher to students is 1 to 24. Let me just add that my son goes to a regular school, with speech therapy, and aides to come in to help him in math and language arts for 30 minutes each.
My son is not aggresive, rarely has meltdowns, but does have deficits in social interaction with his peers, he impulsivity has gotten a bit better, and has some sensory issues with his eyes (that we have yet to figure out what triggers that). He also tends to forget things like homework.
My question is: Have any of you medicated your child to help with focus and staying on task in school? What are the pros? Cons? What are the side effects? I know it's different with every child, but I'm starting to research out it. I've read of children losing weight, being violent, and other things when taking medication.
Thanks in advance for your responses!