Back in October, we put Dani on Adderall to help with her ADHD. It worked wonders - she was so focused in school and was doing amazing - but it really aggravated her Aspergers. She went into severe crying fits where she would just shut us all out and curl up into a ball. We love the benefits - the added focus - the fact that she doesn't wander off when walking from one side of the room to the other - but the meltdowns were heartbreaking and had to go.
This week we met with a child psychiatrist. He stated that he doesn't usually recommend stimulants for kids with Apsergers but since she had such positive effects from the Adderall, he was going to have us try Focalin. Now - my first thought when I hear Focalin is the episode of The Simpsons where Bart is put on Focasin. He becomes an ideal student and then turns into a conspiracy theorist who steals a tank. The ending is one of my favorites ever.
Back to Ms. Dani. Day one on Focalin. She's downstairs going through all the toys in her playroom looking for toys to donate to other kids. Usually any talk about culling the overgrown pile of toys results in her breaking down in tears sobbing that she loves all her toys. Today not so much. She has a giant bag filled with toys that need to go to new homes.
Cross your fingers and toes for us.