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One Mother Wonders: Is It Time To Try Medication?

In a blog post on, mother Lisa Quinones-Fontanez discusses the question of whether or not to put her son on medication.  Like many other parents, she has struggled with the question, "When is the right time to try?"

"Norrin is almost eight years old. He has a dual diagnosis of autism and ADHD. He is a bright, friendly, and lovable kid who is fast on his feet and so easily distracted. He needs constant redirection to get through a single homework page. He still has difficulty following two or three step directions. He can’t be left unsupervised. He runs and has no awareness of danger. I can’t tell you how often a therapist has said they believed Norrin is capable of doing so much more, if only he’d slow down, if only he could focus."

To read the rest of her post, click here.

Autism Speaks provides resources to help guide parents through this decision, such as the ATN/AIR-P Medication Decision Aid and ATN/AIR-P Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use tool kits. These tool kits are the product of on-going activities of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) through its federal funding as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).

Please share with us: What has been your experience with medication for autism?


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