8yr old son with Autism and ADHD.

Natasha - posted on 04/01/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My 8yr old son has a mild case of Autism and ADHD. His behavior is so out of control that he has been removed from public school to private. Nothing seems to be working. The doctor is so quick to put him on medication. I don't want to but I feel I have to for school. He is currently on Focalin and they also want to put him on Abilify but I refuse to use it. I'm considering taking him off all meds but I should probably wait until school is out. Focalin helps only for a small percentage of time but we have went through several medications. I'm so afraid that these medicines will one days have negative side affects. I attempted the change in his diet but it didn't seem to make a change in his behavior. It is possible that I didn't try it long enough. I need advice all I see his teachers do at school is use a time out room which he is in most of the day. He isn't learning anything because of his behavior. Then he won't do work at home so he is learning nothing. Instead of a 2nd grade level he is more like a kindergarten. He is very capable of learning but his behavior is the only thing that gets in the way of him learning. And it seems like no one knows what to do but to give him medication and that isn't working either. I really need some advice.

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