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how long do you plan to keep your child on the meds?
We plan on Corey being on meds through 2nd grade, maybe even through 5th depending on how he is doing.
Will you try trials or holidays off the meds to see how they are doing?
We do trials right now on the weekends and then quickly remember why we put him on meds in the first place. I think we will not do a real trial off the meds until next summer.
Do you think your child will ever NOT need the meds?
Yes, I believe Corey will eventually be able to get of meds. His DR believes (and has treated over 2000 kids for ADHD) that only kids with true learning disabilities still need meds by HS. I haven't yet seen any true LD in Corey other than not sitting still.
how long do you plan to keep your child on the meds? As long as he needs them, he has to be able to stay in school and with out meds he just really isn't there. I don't think I'd ever be able to home school him and that is what would have to happen if he were off meds.
Will you try trials or holidays off the meds to see how they are doing? I do not take him off on the weekends or during holidays, everyday he is on meds. The doctor has never suggested that we do weekends off or anything and all I can think of is while he is on them ever day then it will continue to work the way it does because there is always some meds in his system. But I do think that this summer we are going to attempt to try behaviour therapy which we will have to take him off meds for.
Do you think your child will ever NOT need the meds? Yes, I think that once he understands that he has to control his body and be aware of his actions that then he will be able to come off of the meds.. maybe middle or highschool I guess. Or maybe it could be sooner.
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how long do you plan to keep your child on the meds? As long as it is needed. There is a big difference with him on the meds and him off the meds.
Will you try trials or holidays off the meds to see how they are doing? I do give him a break on the weekends and part of the summer, so he can "be himself." It is challenging on those days but I want him to recognize the differences and learn to control it better off of the meds. It seems to work okay for him as most of the time, we don't go anywhere anyway!
Do you think your child will ever NOT need the meds? I do hope eventually he will be able to not take medication, but be able to control himself a little better. I know most ADHD kids do grow out of the hyperactive parts but more than likely they will always have it in one form or another. It would be a blessing to have him off of the meds, but also have him recognize that he will still have to struggle at times to concentrate and be able to pay attention with out the meds.