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My daughter seemed to have the same side effects to stimulants. My daughter’s doctors have informed me that stimulants don’t cause tics, but can bring them out if the person is pre-disposed to them. This is why not everyone who takes stimulant gets them.
My Daughter was around 8-9 when her mild finger tic started – ironically after she started Concerta – which most likely brought it out. The lower doses twice a day seemed to work best for her. Also, beware of a new generic concerta that came out early last year. Activis is the generic brand that is made by the same manufacturer of concerta. The other generic brand is manufactured differently and brought her tics out 10X. We had to stop concerta and go on adderall for a month. This helped, we then started back on concerta in small doses. Why not stay on adderall? The adderall tends to bring out her social anxiety.
She is now 15 and she still has tics, they are typically worse under times of stress and anxiety. She is currently doing behavior reversal therapy to help with the tics.
I have been using his collaborative problem-solving approach for years. Every parent should read his book, and watch his videos. It has helped me and my family so much. It takes practice but so worth it. I have not yet tried the app, but I think I will try it. Thanks for the recommendation!
I would love to see him in OCT!
First things first. Your son has a dyslexia diagnosis – he should be on an IEP – not a 504. I 504 will not give the support and accommodations required for a dyslexia diagnosis. Medication will have no effect on dyslexia – it’s a learning style.
A high IQ is typical for a dyslexia diagnosis. Fact: Dyslexia and intelligence are NOT connected. As dyslexia is not a matter of low cognitive ability – but rather affects the way information is processed, stored and retrieved, with problems of memory, speed of processing, time perception, organization, and sequencing. Einstein was dyslexic. It’s a gift – I see it as one anyway.
An IEP should be set up for him to include a Multisensory learning program. This is the best solution even if his grades are passing now, as the material difficulty and requirements increase the more difficult school will become – No matter how mild dyslexia is – trust me – this is what happened to me.
As a dyslexic mom of a dyslexic son with ADHD – I got him enrolled into a multi-sensory program. I got much pushback from the school because in my experience some of them do not fully understand the long-term impact. They have a short sited view – he is only a little behind, he is progressing, he just needs to focus more, he is lazy …blah blah blah…until the material gets harder.
I ask my Son how to spell things now – I can’t tell you how much Orton-Gillinghams multi-sensory program helped. I wish I had it growing up.
By the way, there are great tools out there – I type this out with Grammarly installed as a Chrome extension – it’s been a life saver! An IEP will allow him to have such accommodations.
I hope this helps, Good luck!
As a mom of two kids with ADHD – 12 and 15 – our stories are similar. After much trial an error I have found one approach to work consistently. Lives in balance by Ross Greene – collaborative problem-solving. Trust me – I was skeptical but desperate. I read his book ‘the explosive child’ https://www.amazon.com/Explosive-Child-Understanding-Frustrated-Chronically/dp/0062270451by recommendation. Every parent should read this book. I Gave his suggestions a try. Then I started to watch his videos, all free. I downloaded his free worksheets to guide me. https://www.livesinthebalance.org/paperwork It works. It helped. It takes practice. The results are worth the effort.
Additionally, regarding the morning routine with my 15 yr old. Last year I bought the ECO dot for each kid. They were done being yelled at before school, and I was done being their frontal lobe. (LOL) Alexa is the result of our collaborative problem-solving. We sat down and worked backward… What time do we need to be in the car by? 7:10. What time do you need to have breakfast by? What time do you need to be dressed? What time do you need to be out of the shower? What time do you need to be up and in the shower? OK let’s set Alexa to wake you up daily, set Alexa to remind you through the morning routine. It worked. If they have time left over – they get to have their electronics. Hope this helps.