Hi! SO thankful for the community of understanding, smart parents. My son (7- second grade) has been diagnosed with ADHD for a year now, and last week we got an official diagnosis of high-functioning autism (level 1) as well. I know that we are in many ways lucky- his autism is so mild that it's almost possible to write it off as "quirkiness". I have to admit though that it's hard to hear this news in some ways...and yet it's a relief in other ways- it explains things we didn't understand up until now, and gives us access to more resources through the school. I was wondering:
- if any other parents have been through this diagnosis. If so, what/how do you explain to your kid? We've been very open to him about his ADHD, but this feels like harder to put in kid-friendly terms some how. Maybe because it's so new to us?
-Were you prescribed/recommended ssri's on top of the adhd meds like we were? We haven't decided to fill the rx on that yet- feels like too many drugs for a kid who's still developing when his meltdowns are really pretty infrequent right now. For those who use ssris, what has your experience been?