DD was 18 mo. when we started OT for her. at age 3-4 she was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. at age 4-5 she was diagnosed with ADHD, but not Autism. She was receiving OT up to age 5, when she met her goals, insurance wouldn't cover anymore. She was seeing a psych grad student for behavioral modifications for her ADHD up until last summer, where she met her goals, and was no longer receiving services.
I just finished an IEP meeting today for our DD who is currently in 1st grade. We had and IEP done b/c she was falling behind in class. Right now she's attending a private Christian school. We initially put her here b/c of her SPD (sensory processing disorder), she had potty training problems, and we felt, a smaller school was better for her. With a public school, she was able to get an IEP done and qualified for services b/c of her ADHD. I have to decide wether or not to switch her over.
The speech therapist, kindly suggested that I look into medication for her ADHD. We (the parents) felt .she would be ok, with the behavioral therapy. It seems her ADHD is really affecting her concentration, or lack there of at school. but her SPD is also causing her to be a distraction and bothersome to the other students.
I'm currently looking for a child psych specialist in aspergers to get her tested as well.
I was trying to find some information on medications for ADHD. I've been reading responses of adverse affects people have been having. She is a very sweet and loving girl, and I would hate to see that disappear.
If she does get medicated, it might help her concentrate better in school and I can keep her in private, but she would still beable to receive more services if I move her to public.
from personal experience, your daughter would possibly do better if she was in a smaller class, that way, she could get one on one time with the teacher. If that happens she would be able to get more help on how to learn to deal with her condition. I know this because my brother has exactly what your daughter has and when he was placed in a smaller class setting. I hope this helps.
Schools to me seem a little too eager to rush children into taking heavy duty prescription meds for ADHD. Usually because the teacher can't take having a child in class that is disruptive in any way, shape or form. I would either take her out and homeschool her, and send her only for therapies, or find a teacher willing to work with her the way she is, her sweet loving active little self. Children should be allowed to express their true selves. The only time I feel meds are needed for a child are if they are a danger to themselves or others, or they are sick with a raging disease.
I have friends with children with both ADHD and Aspergers and they have seemed to use a variety of methods over the years. They seem to become the therapist for their child. You will learn what works and doesn't work for your child, but above all you must protect her from well meaning people.
I don't know about your state, but in mine, therapies can be paid for by the state if a doctor says they need therapy. In which case, its often through the public school system. There may be private therapists available in your town also, or through the local hospitals, although it may take more work with the insurance companies. Even if you homeschool her, she still should qualify for services through the school district. My friends have homeschooled their kids off and on through the years, and its not for everyone, but for some it has been a life saver. There are online schools also that in our state are paid for by funding from your local school district. You can still offer a disciplined environment at home so they learn structure, while allowing them more leeway for their creative side to shine through.
Basically an IEP just says what goals they will work on with your child and how they will do so. This summer, maybe you could learn how to make your own goals for your child- then implement those goals. For ex: She will learn to go potty on her potty chair at least 50% of the time. We will do this by: putting her on the potty every half hour for 10 minutes at a time. If there is a sensory issue involved in using the potty, then adapt the potty to her needs. (The seat is too hard, too soft, etc.) Then put that on your goal sheet as well.
Also your school district is mandated to provide free of charge testing each year to know where your child is at with no obligation for you to attend their school. So you have options. If you decide to keep her in public school, you may find a teacher that is willing to be flexible so you don't have to medicate your child. I hope you do! Just so you know you have many options available to you, but whatever you decide, you will need to learn to be the main teacher of your child, because you know her better than anyone, and for her to have success, you will have to be involved in the process.
Best wishes, K.