Autism–don’t be afraid with medicine

Parents,
I know it’s a touchy and controversial issues and you have your opinions and I can respect that–but if you are considering whether or not giving your child with autism various mediations and you haven’t made up your mind–let me share with you our story.

William has always been a hyper child. He stems (flaps, taps, flicks, jumps) and that’s a way that he 1) gets attention 2) releases energy 3) shows excitement 4) shows unhappiness…basically he stems quiet a bit. We’re okay with that, working on it in other ways…but about 6 months ago we talked it over with his doctors at The Child Study Center in Ft. Worth, Texas, and we decided to start him on medication in hopes to calm him a bit, to help him settle down, to help him sleep and to “even out” during the day.

I don’t know how many meds we tried, but it wasn’t successful at first. He was extremely irritable, was stemming more than ever before, wasn’t sleeping and was reverting back to two years ago…for those of you who don’t know, two years ago we were dealing with William waking 10+ times a night, pooping on the floor, wiping it all over his room, furniture, walls…multiple times a day…throwing tantrums all the time, not using his words…it was BRUTAL!

Finally we found the right medicine! It’s been 3 weeks since he’s been taking his new medication and IT’S AMAZING! Not only has his behavior improved, his teachers have noticed a difference in his behavior, he is using his words, he is sleeping better, tantrums and stemming of course are still there, but he has shown massive improvement.

It might not all be the medication. We are working with him a lot at home and encouraging his good behavior and use of words. He is getting amazing teaching and ABA therapy at The Child Study Center as well. But I am not going to discount the benefit of medication in his demeanor.

I’m not condoning medication for every child with autism. It is a unique decisions for each and every family to decide. I’m just saying: “If you are considering trying certain mediations for your child with autism, I would encourage you to talk to your doctor and make the best decision for you and your child.”

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2 responses to “Autism–don’t be afraid with medicine

  1. Socorro Gonzalez

    I never post and this is the second one today. I really feel inspired by your website. My son Josman stems by flapping his arms and looking up. He does this when he is excited and when he is borred. When we felt that it was time to explain to Josman what autism is and that he has it, we told him that he stems and showed him what his body does. It has been a slow process but I am happy to tell you that the steming has decreased quite a lot. One day I even asked Josman what does he feel when he does it or what does he see or not see. His answer was….I don’t reallyknow but I will pay attention next time…..months later he came home from school and said that he tought he was going to stem and he stop it. I kissed him and told him I love you forever no matter what.

  2. that is such an awesome story! That is exactly what motivates me as a father to keep on blogging and tweeting and facebooking and trying to get the word out. It’s the little things they do (or don’t do) that mean so much. Whether or not William stops stemming it doesn’t matter–I want him to be happy and comfortable and I will love him no matter. These children on the spectrum are very smart, it’s all about unlocking the box they’re in and learning how to relate/communicate with them and how they can relate/communicate with us.
    Appreciate the two posts…tell everyone you know about our site and our book…we’re also working on an ebook version and hopefully will get it translated into Spanish within the next 6 months!

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