OK, so it's been awhile since I've posted. But my son has gone through more testing at the psychiatrist. The doc told me that if I agreed to have him evaluated for ADHD, that he would refer me to a psychiatrist who specializes in autism spectrum disorders. Even though I knew he didn't have ADHD, I agreed just to see the autism specialist. He was evaluated and they said under no circumstances does he have ADHD. I was referred to the specialist and she said he just doesn't exhibit characteristics of Aspberger's, once again. I'm still not sure how to swallow that....He won't talk to the doc or even look at her everytime he goes, so obviously therapy is not going to be helpful when the appointments go that way every time.
She did, however, diagnose him with ODD, and said that he exhibits OCD tendencies and is possibly borderline bipolar. She gave him Tenex. He was on that for a month, and we saw no effect whatsoever, so she switched him to Risperidone just last week. We are already seeing positive effects in his behaviors, attitude, and activity. He is playing outside more often voluntarily. He is a bit easier to interact with. I am really hoping this medication ends up helping him out.
I have a meeting his school principal on Friday regarding setting up a 504 plan for him, as school will be starting in a week for him. We are so lucky that she has been so patient and wanting to help last year and are hoping that this 504 plan will help even more.
Please let me know if anyone has advice for me, or any thoughts. Thanks.
I was wondering if you have ever heard of PCIT (Parent/Child Interaction Therapy)? My daughter and I are in the process of it now (she has severe anxiety) and while it is mostly used for children with ODD it's really a great process to go through with your child. We are in Northern California (not sure where you are located), but thought I'd suggest it to see if it could help your son. Hang in there, Mama!
My son was doing similar things but he would have what I call violent episodes. In my state we have something called mobile crisis and they are wonderful. I would check your area to see if they have something like that. I had my son admitted to the Children's Psych. Floor at the hospital because of the episodes and how he would hurt himself and me. I know most parents do not agree with that but I was at a breaking point with myself. I knew I couldn't mentally handle the abuse no more and when he was at the hospital they diagnosed him with Bipolar and Conduct disorder. He had previously been diagnosed ADHD CT. Just another options even if it is to get something working and helping your son and yourself.
Hi everyone, I am about at my wit's end with my 8 year old son's bad behavior! He has always been "shy" and quiet. He talked and interacted fine at home, but at preschool and kindergarten he would not talk to anyone. He just glared at people when they talked to him and got upset if they persisted with questions. He would point fingers at them and glare at them until they just left him alone, probably thinking 'what a brat!' Since then, he won't answer people when they speak to him. He doesn't really glare at people anymore, he just won't look anybody in the face, he looks away off to the side or at something else when they talk to him. He is mean to other kids at school. He has a few friends there, but mostly is mean to others. He is very smart and has great grades at school, but the constant concern is this issue with every teacher he has ever had. He even does this to me sometimes. At home, one on one, he could be fine one moment, and then start doing this for no reason the next. He is so hateful! And I don't understand why. We are not abusive or even remotely mean to him, but we don't spoil him either. I have taken him to 2 separate child psychologists for evaluation for behavioral disorders or something, don't know exactly what I was looking for, just some sort of answer or suggestion or something! They both said that they don't see anything wrong with him. I don't know what to do! Today we had a great morning, nothing bad happened between us or anything, then this afternoon when I picked him up from school I said "Hi, how was your day?" and he glared at me and said "Fine until you got here!". I have him in his room for his bad attitude for the afternoon. I just don't know what to do anymore. I have tried time-outs, positive reinforcement, behavior charts, spanking, even reasoning with him which I didn't expect would work, I just don't know. Any thoughts or suggestions? He can be so lovable at times, but then just is mean at other times. I never know what to expect.....thanks
If he is 8 now I believe he will get worse. Have you had him tested for ADHD or ASPERGER'S? The fact that he avoids eye contact and conversation is a red flag for an autism spectrum disorder. I wouldnt think he would be bipolar or anything like this at 8. He may be uncomfortable in his body and so he may act out because he doesn't feel good. IMO you need to see another Dr. This time hopefully a PHYSCHIATRIST not a psychologist. Usually kids on an autism spectrum are fine with familiar people like family but once they get into school they may be very self-conscious with new people. He may be putting up defenses. I know Dr's do not like to DX autism so much but lets face it, the national number is now 1 in 66. (I am inclined to believe in the vaccination theory with that number) But please take him to a CHILD PSYCHIATRIST because they will be better able to tell. GOOD LUCK!
Debbie mommy of Hunter the Savant
Listen do not give up. The school has limited funds and that is pretty sad. He def needs an IEP but he needs a DX so badly!!!!!!! My son became moody and mean not from bipolar but because he just didnt feel right having autism since it is a sensory related disorder. So he could be difficult at times. Does he stim at all? ROcking? holding his hands together, humming? Im just curious.