We began medication (focalin xr) for my 8 year old about a month and a half ago. Oh my goodness he’s a whole new kid. He’s still the hilarious, quirky, imaginative kiddo. We’ve had a few side effects that seem to minimizing but we are powering through.
We were pretty much forced into getting him on meds from the school who was threatening to kick us out mid year (private school). Now they want him to stay and I’m getting glowing reports daily. Which is great... so I have documentation to give to the new school I’m sending him to next year. Regardless of the school’s change in attitude, we are moving to a school with more supports and patience for kids with educational learning differences.
For any of you parents out there who are on the fence... I can tell you we were shocked to see the difference. Now when I ask my son to do something he says.. “ok mommmy”. ... what??? Now he goes straight into his room and starts his homework all on his own and finishes it. It used to take us 1.5 hours and it was a constant battle for him to just sit down for more than 5 minutes.
My husband and I got into so many arguments when we chose to start meds. He was so angry at the school for threatening us and putting the pressure on and he was angry at me for obliging and he wanted us to just pull him out immediately and homeschool him. A month and a half later my husband willingly agrees it was the best decision we made.