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Need help deciding to medicate or not.
kwaffird posted:
My nephew is now 7 years old. He was only diagnosed as autistic about a year and a half ago. He goes to a small rural school that only has special education offered 2 hours a day. They continue to promote him to the next grade each year. He is currently functioning at a 3 year old level both socially and educationally. In some ways he seems like a pretty normal 7 year old. He interacts with his brother and sister very well.

My sister-in-law informed me today, that Ian (my nephew) has started having "melt-down's" that include hitting his head against the wall. I am worried he will injure himself or another child.

I work in a pharmacy, so am familiar with some of the possible medication that is available, but is it the right choice?
Anon_230825 responded:
Medication is such a personal issue. Have you spoken to your doctor or have asked to be referred to a specialist. Such as a development peditrician?
Also, what might help while you are making a decision. Ask the school to help with a positive behavior plan. The school research the behavior. The melt down may be happen long after the trigger. Also, contact your state autism service. There may be help there for the home.

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