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ADHD, Change in Medication & Learning Disabilities
"My nine-year-old son has been on numerous medications, and had to discontinue treatment, due to abnormal EKGs. Now he's out of control and failing in school. His doctor says nothing else will work!"
I would not give up on finding a medication or combination of medications that will work. Have you seen a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a lot of experience with ADHD? Check with your local CHADD group for names. Your child has not been on all of the possibilities. It also may be that the medications he was on were not managed correctly. Seek a consultation.
I cannot comment on whether he should be in an LD classroom. Does he have LD? If the class choice were based on helping him with his ADHD behaviors, then the best class would be the one designed for kids with ADHD.
Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.