The new psychiatrist started all 3 difficult children on risperdal 2 weeks ago. My middle difficult child couldn't start his until returning from camp, so he's only been on it about a week. It seemed like the miracle cure for youngest difficult child the first week. He had very few tally marks or none at all with a big smiley face on his chart from school. I was so excited and finally taking a breather. I thought we had finally figured it out for him. Then this week began. He had 3 tally marks Monday and two yesterday. With the info on the charts, it implies more than 1 tallie mark in a day is rare because it says 3 warrant a phone call to mom or dad. I don't know how today has gone yet, but I'm bummed. I don't know if the medications are or are not working and I have no clue what to report to the psychiatrist next week. Middle difficult child started his medications last Wednesday and I haven't really noticed any change at all in him. His teacher doesn't really communicate with me either, so I have no idea if he's changed at school. Oldest difficult child has been very mouthy since starting two weeks ago. He is being more of a smart aleck than usual, especially with me. He is usually VERY respectful when speaking to me, but he's not able to hold his tongue since starting this medication. I don't know how much of this is the medicine. Nothing else has really changed at home, so I don't see it just starting up at the same time as medications began. Anyone have any experience with this medicine? I'm not really sure what to think and if I should be requesting a change when we go back. Youngest difficult child did seem so much better at first, but now he is the same PIA for his teacher. Oldest difficult child seems fine at school so far, but has become a PIA for me now.