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Re: Some articles fairywings

Posted by Cairo on April 2, 2006, at 16:05:22

In reply to Re: Some articles Cairo, posted by fairywings on March 31, 2006, at 13:17:17

> Is her psychiatrist a specialist in ADHD? I'm sure you probably already know all of this, and I hope I'm not being too intrusive, but has she been tried on a stimulant? My kids have ADHD and auditory/visual processing disorders too.

We consulted a specialist at U of Pa who suggested the Seroquel augmentation. All the stimulants exacerbated anxiety and Strattera actually induced the only episode of major depression that she's ever had. I think anything that is too noradrenergic is not good for her, as the stims are.


> High school is really tough when you have to fight all the issues of an illness too. How old is she? Doesn't seroquel cause weight gain? and isn't it a drug known for making people really tired? Does she get tired during the school day, or have trouble with activities bec. of the meds?

She just turned 17. Low dose Seroquel really doesn't seem to add to her fatigue. And it has been really weight neutral for her. She does have fatigue in the afternoon, but I honestly think it's due to a hypoactive HPA axis, just like me. I just wonder if using stimulants all those years contributed to this.

> Does she have pain too? Poor kid, that would be really hard.

She has myofascial pain and needs to be careful of overusing her muscles, but she does OK.

We have her privately tutored by an LD teacher along with another LD teen. This has been a godsend in terms of her academics. She has quite significant learning disabilities with her ADHD as well as an auditory processing disorder, but she's doing great. Would not make it in a regular classroom, but she's getting what she needs.

Have you ever heard of Fast ForWord (FFW) and Interactive Metronome (IM) for processing disorders? My daughter did FFW at age 9 just before doing intensive Lindamood-Bell LiPS training for phonemic awareness for reading and I really felt it was a critical piece of her reading success. She continues to have writing and spelling issues, but we've been working on that with Orton-Gillingham and she's making progress.

If you don't already know about it, check out www.ldonline.org/ Go to the "LD in depth" on the main page upper bar, and click on whatever interests you for good info on LD issues, including processing and language. The forums are good there, too.

Thanks for your concern.

Cairo


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