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DS1 has been having issues for as long as I can remember. He's always been easily overwhelmed and was suspected to have sensory issues back when he was 3. He had OT & behavioral therapy for years and we've ruled out behavior as an issue. He simply cannot control his inpulsive behavior to the point that he's been kicked out of schools. His self-esteem is suffering and he's not able to participate in school. I've been called by the principle several times to pick him up early and last week she decided he cannot participate in recess "until further notice" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> (He's in a montessori kindergarten BTW). They've also switched his classroom 3 times already!<br><br>
Fortunately we've found an awesome doctor who has 57 years experience, graduated from Harvard medical and worked @ Children's hospital for quite some time. He did a 3.5 hour eval today and strongly suspected ADHD with a possibility of DS being on the autism spectrum as well. We meet again next week for the official DX and the treatment plan.<br><br>
I am so anti-med and have always been. I'm suspicious with messing with my body's natural ability to take care of itself. With that being said, I have tried EVERYTHING to help DS1 - <b>EVERYTHING</b>. I'm at a loss. I feel like I NEED to help him and nothing I do works. I'm at the point where I want to give meds a try for a very short time to see what happens. Otherwise my son will not be able to effectively interact with others. It IS that bad right now. I feel like I need to explore every option and letting my views on meds stand in the way of possibly the only thing that will help is selfish of me. But I am also very scared of putting him on meds. I'm scared of the increased heart rate (DS2 has a CHD - I'd like to have DS1 get an echo if we decide on meds). I'm scared of the potential of addiction, the weight loss aspect, and more.<br><br>
Can anyone share their BTDT experience? Any advice? I'm scared <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> I need to help my little guy!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I've btdt, mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Just out of curiosity, what types of behaviors does your ds have that makes the Dr. think he could be on the spectrum?<br><br>
It's awesome that you've found a Dr. that is so experienced...that is more than half the battle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My advice would be to really tune into your mama instinct. You know your child best and know what he needs. I really struggled with the medication issue. I said I'd never do it and here we are on two different meds for Boo. It really stinks...but someone told me something that makes total sense.....You can spare their body the possible side effects of the meds but compromise their emotional health. Their little self esteem takes a huge hit when they are "shunned" by their peers and are constantly getting into "trouble" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> (This is just from my experience).<br><br>
Good luck with your decision ...it's not easy but you will make the best decision for you and your son <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The symptoms that make it seem like he's on the spectrum are: lots of spinning, repeating non-sense sounds over and over, licking his hands and other non-food objects, parroting things back that adults say, and a few other things. But he is not withdrawn and he is extremely affectionate. He also will interact with others. So he's missing many of the classic autism symptoms.
 

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My ds is similar. He was dx'd with ASD by his psych and PDD-NOS by two psychologists. I hope you get to the bottom of it soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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