ADHD vs Mild Asperger

Barbara - posted on 03/26/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I just joined this site today so I am alittle nervous. I have 2 children still at home, Tyson is 10 and Dejah is 8. I have older children 25 and 22. Tyson my 10 yr old son was dx with ADHD with concntration on the ADD portion when he was 5 and in Kindergarten. He is in 4th grade, he is struggling with scholl work still, I have tried multiple different meds, he has been on Vyvanse 50 mg, Guanfacine X 2 day for last 2 years. I am most concerned with his lack of social skills. He is more content to be in room playing his games or riding bike alone than the day to day social interaction with other boys his age. He said to me once " I have no friends" It broke my heart. I want my child to succeed in school academically but also important is social skill building. A teacher threw out the term Asperger the other day..??unsure what it really means or is.. Ty does love sporting activities, he is on the jr tackle football, basketball teams.. I see some similiarities between Ty and my 22 who is currently incarcerated and I cant emotionally handle losing another son to the court system.. overwhelmed momma

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What therapies are you using in addition to the meds to treat the ADD for your son?
Socialization is often very difficult for children with ADD because they have trouble following the conversation--their mind goes off in a different direction than the conversation, thus they are quickly lost. Social and developmental therapy should help him with his social skills. A counselor, therapist, or psychologist (NOT a psychiatrist) can teach him techniques to keep his mind focused, as well as how to approach new people who might become friends.
Talk to your son's therapist or doctor about your concerns. The sooner you help him the better.

In addition, call some of the parents of his teammates on the football & basketball teams. Tell them that he is having trouble forming friendships and subtly suggest getting together for dinner or something after a practice or game. This would be a low pressure way to give him some social interaction with another friend. You need to do this now though, once in middle school, having mommy arrange a date, no matter how subtly you do it will not go down well.

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Barbara - posted on 03/26/2013

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Thanks for the reply, he has counselor that visits his school weekly and also the school has mental health liasion to help with behavorial issues. After I posted earlier I contacted his school and we have a meeting in 2 days to discuss an IEP ( individual education plan) for Tyson. U are right though the meds seem to keep the ADD level but the socialization is what bothers me, cause middle and senior high should be enjoyable not a daily struggle. he is in 4th grade and has been to very few sleep overs but has only made it through one.. all the others I had to get up at 11pm or 12 am and go get him because he was so anxious and felt out of place.. Well anyway the kids and myself had a good afternoon and evening all are sleeping, we watched Wreck it Ralph and had some good ole fashion family time. Thanks again..

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