Hello all, I saw this website and it was love at first site! (buh duh bump) I am the very young stepmother to a fantastic six year old boy. I have been a parental figure in his life for the past three years or so, his mother is a "fun on the weekend/no structure/no routine" kind of parent, not involved with his mental health or his schooling. Very sad Now onto the important stuff-the son! He was diagnosed with ADHD and Autism before kindergarten, and is in a Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) classroom. He did good and bad in school this year,and is now going into 1st grade. We had great communication support with his teacher, with a daily walk through of tasks and transitioning. (example- circle time= , art= with commentary ) He had a really hard time transitioning to other activities and often got violent and had tornado like temper tantrums. He has hurt his teacher and classmates. When he is set on doing something, he fixates on it. His speech is very limited, and I would describe it as someone trying to speak another language. He knows the answers to some of the same questions he always hears, like that school was GOOD but cant tell me what he did. It would come out more like "uh ummm art and gtta gtta gtta gtta" He does best when in a very strict routine, but when he goes to his mother's on Friday, he's back to not talking at all, because all he does over there is watch movies, all day. We have tried to beg her to do something educational or at least take him outside/talk to him/read to him, to no avail. He's been on his new and first medication, Tenex 1mg tablets, for a week and he's behaving very well at home and at summer school, although it's making him very tired. I hope this will decrease as his little body gets used to the medication. Has Tenex worked for anyone else? Well, that's about it for my introduction. I spend the most time with him and he really is a very very sweet and affectionate kid. He can read at a second grade level, I just feel like his emotions and his brain are just moving too fast and he doesn't have any control of them. Thank you all.