Medicating small children is a difficult for most parents in your position. However, I would assume due consideration was given by both the OT and the pediatrician to alternatives prior to medicating.
In addition, to continue with a medication, the benefits must outway the experienced side effects. I would suggest speaking with the pediatrician about your experiences on the medication and allow him/her the opportunity to change dosage or medication. It is not advisable to immediately find a different doctor.
As an aside, Risperdal and Ritalin are two very different medications.
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