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Does Medication Really Helps?

Posted by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 10:34 AM
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Hi there!
I have a 4 and half year old son diagnosed with ADHD when he was 2 years old.. He is undergoing a therapy with an Occupational Therapist and he's doing fine, so far.
But there are day's when he really would just make me scream (Sorry, couldn't help it...). He really likes to test my patience.
He still cannot talk, i mean, he can do words like 1,2,3, daddy, mommy, barney, popo and wee, but not really on the sense of talking with you.
My husband suggested an idea if we can get him to medicate so as to help him with his speech predicament.
Does medication really helps? I heard it's causing the child to be dependent with it...
Please help.
Any reply would be a great help!

Thanks!

by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 10:34 AM
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hawaiiangoddess
by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 10:38 AM
I am not so sure if the meds will help your sons speech, But I do have two children with ADHD and one of them is also learning diabled and he had the same issues with speech so when he was about a year and a half they put him in this special schooling to help him with speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. I suggest you talk to your doctor about the speech problem and they can test him further. Today my son is 11 yrs old (yes he is on ADHD meds) they do help alot but in school he also has an IEP which is individual education plan, It's worth looking into if you are both so concerned. Good luck if you need anything else let me know.
lauramcdaniel59
by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 10:45 AM
Yes, if it's the right medication and if you are seeing the right doctor.  I took my daughter to the Dr. the first time when she was 2 and tried to tell them that something was not right.  I've been around kids my whole life, and my son was 4 1/2 when she was born, so it's not like I was just an overwhelmed/unexperienced mom, which is what they told me.  Anyway, she wound up suffering all through preschool and then grade school until the summer after her 2nd grade year before I went back again and basically begged for help.  My Dr. took pity on me and referred me to the best psychiatrist around.  Medication was not a magic bullet, and we've had to make some adjustments over time (he tells me that this will be a continuous work in progress).  My daughter and I talk all of the time about the fact that it's HER hard work, not the medicine, that keeps things going well for her.  Anyway, I'm happy to say that her grades have gradually climbed up despite the bumps in the road, and her last report card this year was the best yet.  Best of luck with everything!
salvation
by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 10:51 AM
My oldest has bipolar and adhd i believe with the meds that she is on the thepsy. it really helps and telling her everyday how much we love her and a strong family support.
lauramcdaniel59
by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 11:15 AM
I guess I really meant to say that meds might help the overall situation, and therefore maybe help to improve the speech situation.  It's so hard to help a child learn when they can't gather their thoughts.
mamawitch35
by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 12:39 PM
hi My name is Laura and i was just browesing and came acrossed your post ,
i have a10yr old on concerta a very small dose it was 36mg but she became really agressive when she took it so i had them lower it to 18 mgs ,i personally think shed do better with non but the school thinks it helps her concentrate better.kids do ge dependent on it later in life but i was scared to death that  they had  even mentioned it .but i waited until she was 10yrs old to start her .meda r a scarey thing there r so many of them and you never know how they will react to your children.

but if you  believe in natural herbs and how they work you might find something there that will help  .my daughter has a sleep problem they were giving her trazadone well it reacted badly with her concerta so i stoped it a found and herb call meatone its a natural herb and she loves it it helps her sleep and theres no cemicals added ,i even take it  an its great knowing its natural no chemicals.

 i hope things work out for you
busypddmom
by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 4:28 PM
Hi,
DOes he have a speech diagnosis?? Thomas, seven yrs old, has apraxia and no amount of medacine would ever change that. His speech is far from where it should be but the meds that he takes allow him to concentrate longer in therapy. He has OT too...It was a big descion to put him on meds but I thank God every day that I did. I think I would have lost my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Liz
As far as being dependant on it...a lot of kids who take the meds would choose not too if they didn't have too. Thom is one of those.
beststepmom
by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 8:40 PM
Have they tested your son for other disorders, Some doctor's like to call everthing ADHD. They told my niece that about her son for 4 yrs and he had similar problems, slow speech development, other learning  problems etc. so she finally got tired of it and took him to a specialist and they tested him and said he has a mild form of Autism.
MoM_HoNey23
by on Jul. 15, 2007 at 12:56 AM

Quoting beststepmom:

Have they tested your son for other disorders, Some doctor's like to call everthing ADHD. They told my niece that about her son for 4 yrs and he had similar problems, slow speech development, other learning  problems etc. so she finally got tired of it and took him to a specialist and they tested him and said he has a mild form of Autism.
Mind is actually the opposite... He was diagnosed first with Mild Autism then they shifted to ADHD. It made me so confused back then...
But through reading books and articles about ADHD, I've found out that my son really has ADHD because majority of his S/S are those of ADHD and only one for Autism which is speech problem..
Thanks for the reply!


MoM_HoNey23
by on Jul. 15, 2007 at 1:00 AM

Quoting hawaiiangoddess:

 Good luck if you need anything else let me know.


Thank you for ur kindness.. :) I'm a bit hesitant about the "medicating" issue because I'm really afraid of what side effects it would cause him..
Our children with ADHD are sometimes "a tester of our patience" and sometimes would make us go insane and yet, they are our most cherished person here on earth!
MoM_HoNey23
by on Jul. 15, 2007 at 1:04 AM

Quoting mamawitch35:

 i hope things work out for you


Thanks Laura! :)
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