First Grader, ADD, ODD some autistic signs:

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by MamaC, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. MamaC

    MamaC New Member

    Those of you with children in grade school diagnosed with ADD and ODD, what medications have worked best with your children thus far? Can you tell that talk therapy really helps? (Stepmom of Logan 6 yrs old)

  2. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Hi, and welcome.

    My kids both started with ADD dxes.
    One kid - that has stuck, was definitely accurate, and there is nothing else going on.
    The other kid, well...

    We ended up with a string of dxes - some later dropped. Including... ODD.
    ODD is an "odd" diagnosis in that there are no interventions, accomodations or medications that help with ODD.
    Many of us have found that ODD is useful only as a "placeholder" diagnosis.
    There is definitely something going on with this kid - the parents aren't just imagining things.
    But... until you find out what is really causing the "oppositional" behavior, you won't have many clues on how to handle it.

    ADD/ADHD is also an unusual diagnosis in that... it is a fairly common first diagnosis. But frequently, it is either just the first diagnosis, or it's a mis-diagnosis and there is something else really going on.

    For example, it isn't uncommon to see ADD/ADHD plus...
    1) learning disabilities
    2) auditory processing disorders (including auditory figure ground and auditory discrimination, both of which are more subtle than classical auditory processing disorders)
    3) developmental coordination disorder or other motor skills issues - fine, gross, or both.
    4) mood disorders such as depression and/or anxiety - commonly show up somewhere between middle-school and high-school, when the accumulated effects of missed dxes and missing accommodations/interventions/medications catch up to them

    We had all of that and more.

    And then... there's the cases where ADD/ADHD is actually something else entirely, like: Aspie, or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), or various other things (that I have less experience with).

    Who gave the ADD and ODD dxes?
    Has he ever had a comprehensive evaluation?

    Our best moves forward came with each new diagnosis.
    The more we knew and understood... the better we could respond.

    Have you ever read "The Explosive Child" by Ross Greene? It's an alternative approach to handling challenging kids, and many of us have found it helpful on some level.
  3. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    If he has autistic traits, probably won't be very effective. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) kids have poor communication skills, even if they have a strong vocabulary, and do not respond to conventional therapy, in general, especially when very young. Is he getting any school interventions? Does he have an IEP? I am guessing there is probably more going on than just ADD since it rarely stands by itself. If so, medications may or may not help depending on what his other issues are. Did he have any delays? Has he had a total neuropsychologist evaluation? Who diagnosed him?
  4. HaoZi

    HaoZi CD Hall of Fame

    Those (actually ADHD and ODD) were the first diagnosis's my kid started with. You see the laundry list we're at now. Her first medications were Strattera and Abilify, and those worked okay until some well-meaning psychiatrist decided to add Celexa (bad move) to the mix then replaced it with Risperdal (worse move - landed her in psychiatric hospital and I switched psychiatrists after that).