What is your intake on giving a 5 year old medication for ADHD and ODD. My kindergarten son was diagnosed today. I have several views on this, First I feel he is young but on the other hand the school keeps calling and he has been suspended twice this week. So what is the school's responsibility to do what suspend him everyday and he doesnt understand it.


Rebekah - posted on 10/25/2012




I don't know where you are from, but if you are in the US, the school has a responsibility once he is identified with a diagnosis. If it is warranted (which it sounds like it would be), the school would design an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) that would identify strategies they can use to help manage his behavior. If you haven't shared your son's diagnosis with the school, I would encourage you to do so, so that you can work together to get him on the right track. If the diagnosis came from the school psychologist, then I would imagine they are on the way of developing some kind of plan for him...so ask tons of questions and find out what the options are, rather than suspension. Depending on what his behavior is (say, if he hurts another child), the school may have to respond with something as strong as a suspension. But whatever happened, partner with the school to see how things can be managed and prevented, if they know what some of the triggers are.

As far as medications...it does seem young, but I know if the case is severe, medication can make quite a difference. Parents have also tried things with diet, supplements, etc, so there are things to explore, but some of those might take some trial and error and more time. That would be pertaining to the ADHD, but not ODD. Behavioral interventions would be more appropriate for the ODD component. He is just starting school, so I'm sure you want him to get off on the best start possible. Whoever diagnosed him...do they recommend any follow-up care with a behavior specialist or child therapist? Someone like that could really help your son, you, and the school work with the behaviors. Good luck!

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