I am glad to find this group. My son was diagnosed with ASD in 2013 and with ADHD in January 2020 through a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment and a plethora of visual processing deficits. He was prescribed GuanFacine 1mg and had no significant difference in his ability to execute the school work, after feeling exhausted from the virtual classroom. He was not decreasing his skin picking and other stimming behavior on the medication, so I informed the MD that I am discontinuing it.
Vision therapy has helped his physical coordination significantly and also his eye tracking for reading text on paper. He is able to enjoy physical activity with a lot more confidence. I highly recommend vision therapy for those who find traditional prescription glasses not helping.
Recently with staying home more with him and trying to work on a compensation plan, I notice more of his ADHD symptoms, including easily distracted, being oppositional to revision and lying about doing work that he did not complete. We instill time-in, deep breathing and stepping away to calm down, but I see this as just a band-aid method.
Are there families here whose child has both conditions, ASD and combined ADHD, who have seen improved social skills and executive function skills with having their child on medication? Much appreciated.