I'll start off by introducing myself. I'm Hollie. I'm 25 years old and live with my wonderful fiance and my son Kameron who is 5 years old. We live in pennsylvania. Kameron has had speech problems since he was about 1. He was in speech therapy before but has greatly improved. We have had difficulty with kam since he was born with mood swings, hyperactivity, focusing, and aggresion. He is my first child so I thought it was just him being a boy and he would grow out of it. Recently, it has been alot worse. He used to bang his head when he was younger and that resurfaced. He will also hit, bite, push, and through things when he is mad which is quite often. We are strict with him, taking away things for bad behavior. I have tried almost everything and nothing seems to make a difference. Behavior charts, time outs, taking away toys, giving the chance of earning awards, nothing seems to work.
We made an appointment with a therapist who he has been seeing for a little over 3 months now. She has been wonderful and supportive. I also made an appointment with a developmental pediatrician. Kameron had a psych eval completed by a psychiatrist who diagnosed him with autism and adhd. We went back for our second appointment today and the doctor recommended risperdal. I was leary on starting medication but we can't get very far in other services currently because of his behaviors. I was wondering if anyone had experience with risperdal and could offer any advice about it. Also if anyone has any suggestions about things to try at home to help him cope with his anger.
It pains me to see him struggling so much. It always confuses me bc I'm not sure which behaviors I should try to correct or ones I should let be. I'm also worried about how he is acting bc sometimes it gets dangerous. We had a very difficult time at the doctors today and its gotten to the point where it is very difficult to take him out of the house. I'm kinda at my wits end and not sure how to help him.