As far as Ashton goes.... he's been prescription med free since last summer. He's been his easiest to manage in YEARS, surprisingly. I was hesitant to start him back on any medication because I know just how strongly he reacts to even a very small, minimal dose. However, after giving him a full nine week period to adjust to his new school, teachers, classmates and schedule, it had become apparent that he needed something to help settle him and help him focus/attend to his work. So, I consulted with Dr. Madren over email (by the way, can I say how absolutely awesome it is that I have a medical professional that I trust with my children's medical care, that I can contact via email instead of having to schedule an appointment?). Keeping in mind, I made mention of the possibility of needed to start an ADHD med with Ashton, at our last appointment in December. So, we decided to try the med he'd been on most recently for ADHD, and that was Adderall XR at 15mg. It became quite apparent the first day that this was not going to work. All Ashton did that first day was lay around and he didn't even smile, not even one single time. I gave it to him the next day and again, more of the same. So, the third day (this was over a four day weekend) I didn't give him the meds. Thinking that maybe he was coming down with something, I figured he would be acting the same (laying around, no smiling) if he was ill. Well, he wasn't sick... he was back to his normal silly, happy self. I emailed Dr. Madren back and asked what we should do. He suggested halving the dose to approx 7.5mg. This dose is what Ashton's been on ever since. He's the same happy, go-lucky kid.... but he's able to sit and attend to some of his work. However, having motivators/reinforcers that work also seem to be helping a great deal. Ashton's teacher set up her laptop at school as a "movie station" for Ashton. When he's completed a task, he can go over there and watch a 20minute movie clip (or whatever the allotted amount of time was). AWESOME! What also seems to be helping is giving him the one on one attention he needs. He's been much more successful in school over the last couple of weeks and that gives me great hope for his future.
So yay for new meds. That WORK. and that have little to no bad side effects. So far, I haven't noticed any bad side effects with either of the boys, so let's hope this trend keeps up!