ADHD

Question
Posted by: | 2017/09/21

Q.

ADHD & ASD.

Good morning, My eldest son (9) was diagnosed with ADHD in Gr1. My youngest son (6) was diagnosed with ASD when he was 2yrs old. Eldest is on Ritalin and youngest are currently off meds. I know Ritalin helps with concentration and we can really see the difference in his school work. He only takes it Monday to Friday, nothing during weekends and holidays. He is a very emotional child (even before his diagnosis) and once he takes a pill it is as if he hits rock bottom emotionally and it picks up during the day. How can we help him to process these emotions? He has a very strong sense of responsibility towards his brother, we try to help him keep a balance. They have a very strong bond and if his brother is having a bad day it shows in his behavior also.

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert
- 2017/09/24

It is important for your son's diagnosis to be confirmed, and the medication to be reviewed. An adjustment may be necessary. Children often become emotional when the medication wears off - as if they then cannot contain there emotions anymore. At the same time, medication is never the only aspect of treatment - emotional and social skills training (e.g. play therapy in a younger child) is also important.

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