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how to tell what is Asperger and what is ADD?

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Old 10-19-2005, 07:10 AM   #1
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how to tell what is Asperger and what is ADD?

Is there a way to tell the difference? My son has no attention span, unless it comes to TV/movies. He will play computer/video games for a while but then turns them off. His attention is all over the place. He is 5 1/2 and in mainstream kindergarten. He is smart as a whip, if I can get him to focus on something.

HOw will I know when and if he will need meds for this. Of course my whole fam including my dh is aginst them, They don't want him turned into a zombie. I don't think all meds turn you into a zombie, I think if you get the proper dose, you are good to go

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Old 10-19-2005, 08:05 AM   #2
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Re: how to tell what is Asperger and what is ADD?

I don't know anything about Asperger...but my own experience with ADD.... Very much scared to initially try meds for my child--clearly understandable, a few things I was told.... When I questioned my child being a "zombie" - I was told - if my son was a zombie he was on too much medicine. The doc said - the medicine will not stop my child from throwing rocks at a car... it will help him hit the cars.... it will help him focus on what he is doing. Since there is no true "test" and everyone is different on meds - your child is pretty much a guniea pig --sad but true--- You know your child the best - if you decide on meds, it is pretty much up to parents... to trust teachers on how child is doing in school(communication is big) and for us to monitor-monitor-montor and relay information to the doctors. As far as the TV/video games - my son the same - I was told it is the stimulation from them that a child with ADD/ADHD needs and that is what the meds do also..... Finally, what helped me get my "family" and husband to go along with this is,,,I took them to the appoitments and in my area they offer ADD/ADHD classes I made them go - before they got it in their heads they didn't agree with me - I fed them with information about it-then let them decide.... Good luck!!! it's a hard road....

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