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Does medication work for Hyper/ Autistic Children ?

Posted by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM
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I have a 6 yr. old little boy who is Autistic. He is extremely hyper. Yelling - banging - running - climbing etc. constantly. Is there a medication that can calm him down ? His behavior is effecting his school and home life. I do not want to make him a zombie just something that would help him calm down a little. Please let me know your suggestions. Thank you

by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM
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autumnsmommy02
by Member on Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Has he been evaluated for ADHD? I'm not sure if the meds work without ADHD being present or not.

I thought at first my dd's hyper activity was just her autism and tried everything sensory (brushing, spinning or jumping prior to activities, weighted vests/blankets, music therapies, etc.) to help calm her down but after 7 yrs. with no improvement I decided it was time to go back to the specialist. We found out she also has ADHD. She started Adderall XR 10 mg daily and she became so much more calm and focused and is doing so much better in school. In fact so much better that she now spends 80% of her day being mainstreamed. I can tell when her meds were forgotten cause she bounces off the walls.

 


sharigrande
by Member on Oct. 28, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Have you thought of tried a GF/CF diet for you little guy?  Our seven year old PDD-NOS went on GF/CF about a year ago.  I KNOW the if there is a birthday party at school and he has cake because he becomes so hyper (as he was prior).  We tried quite a lot of things but it was the only thing that helped (that and supplements).  Have you thought about a DAN doctor or a homeopathic Doc to help out? 

Best of luck to you.  It is not easy. 

DianeCapistran
by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 1:20 PM

I tried all that too , He was never diagnosed with adhd but I will get him tested . Thank you hugs

DianeCapistran
by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 1:22 PM

I heard of that diet , I just can not find the actually foods , the glutein free foods. I also want to fin a DAN doctor in my area my current doctor was suppose to give me a referral but I think I am just going to look on the internet  Thank you !

kayesauer
by New Member on Oct. 28, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Hi there!

Reading the q & A. We're getting ready to start an elimination diet for our 7 year old. He is Autisic/Aspergers with ADHD. We started concerta at the lowest dose & have slowly increasing the dosage. It's a huge difference on or off of it. We haven't hit what we feel will be the "best" dosage yet...but it makes a big difference for him @ home & in school.

What is a DAN Dr?

Thanks! :-) 

DianeCapistran
by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 5:42 PM

It is a doctors specifically for Autistic children- Defeat Autism Now.

divamom04
by New Member on Oct. 29, 2009 at 6:59 AM

YES- THIS CF/CF DIET WORKS! i suggest it very strongly!  itdoes take alot of disipline.  but worth it.

Beth100
by Bronze Member on Oct. 29, 2009 at 11:05 AM

baseballMy seven year old grandson is on medication.  It does have its side effects and it is tricky once they get in school, because one has to send meds with the child, to be given by the school nurse.  I don't know how we would get by without it, but on the other hand it has it's drawbacks.  However, it is what the doctor ordered.  So, if you have a doctor you can trust....try it.  If you don't like it, it can be changed.  Good luck to you........it is such a tricky situation!   I do agree that the GFCF diet is the best bet, but in our area, I find it is very hard to do.  Not enough suppliers of product!  Beth100

sharigrande
by Member on Oct. 29, 2009 at 2:16 PM

This website will help locate a DAN (Defeat Autism Now) MD:http://www.generationrescue.org/doctors.php

You might want to start out reading the following book, "Healing the New Childhood Epidemics-Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies."  By Kenneth Bock, MD and Cameron Stauth.  They discuss the pros and cons (mostly pros) of the diet (more than just GF). 

In terms of the diet, it is overwhelming at first.  We only shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joes and I must say it makes all the difference in the world for our guy.

Hang in there.  Sharigood luck

DianeCapistran
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Thank you - very helpful !you rock

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