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Dr. Ricki Robinson to Host a Family Services Q & A

On Monday, September  26 at 3pm EDT, Dr. Ricki Robinson, will discuss ASD and the Family on a Family Services Live Chat.

Having a child with ASD can and will have an impact on your immediate family and extended family. While it is easy to be distracted by your child’s often overwhelming needs, it is important to carve out time for your family and friends. Often they can be your best support. Additionally you may need help dealing with many concerns, including those that are emotionally charged, such as how to tell others about your child, whether to have more children, how to incorporate siblings into his program, and practical ones such as financing respite care and just organizing your life and family, as well as getting your own job at work done.

On Tuesday April 5 Dr. Ricki Robinson, author of Autism Solutions: How To Create a Healthy And Meaningful Life For Your Child, hosted a Facebook Chat. Dr. Ricki took an hour to answer questions from the community. There were 944 total participants and 345 questions!

  1. Kathleen Kukes
    September 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Dr. Robinson, I hope you can help me. I have an 8yr. old grandson who is autistic. He has been having some behavior issues at school only. Mostly not wanting to do what ever is ask of him at times. Not every day. My daughter has a pediatiric physcologist and she has referrred her to an pyhsciatrist for eval and medication. We are both nurses. My issue is they want to precribe resperidol for him. I understand it is an approved drug for the tx. of autism. But, after reading up on this med., I feel it is inappropriate. They tried stimulants and that was a disaster. He lost 10# and just wasn’t himself, Developed some tics and cried alot. Now, this and I really wish I could convince my daughter not to try this med. I think it is a cop out for everyone….school included. He really needs appropriate schooling and therapy. What are your thoughts on this? My heart is breaking for him….I just love Jacob for Jacob, just the way he is.
    Regards, Kathy Kukes

  2. Tina L. Chalkey
    September 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I did not wants to resort to meds for my son, Mena, but he was becoming extremely aggressive, self injurious and always upset. He was also strong as an ox. It was a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week nightmare. Nothing was working medicine wise or other that we tried. I had read a few articles about people in the same situation as us who said that resperidal was a miracle drug for them that allowed them to have their child at home because it was becoming so bad that they could not control the violent behavior. I asked my son’s neurologist if we could try Resperidal. I was crying, with me and my older son both trying to hold Mena down, and my neurologist was nearly crying too. Everybody in the place was. He wrote me a prescription for resperidone and haloperidol. I know those are both heavy meds but they have been a life saver for Mena and our family. I got my happy little guy back. He was playing with his toys and happy, which I had not seen in years,) and the self injury disappeared. He was about 8 and a half when he started on these meds and is now 11.
    It is heart wrenching to see a child and a family go through these things but there is alot out there now. Something will work, be it medicine or otherwise. Hanging in there until you find the solution as each thing arises is the hard part. My heart goes out to each and every one and I pray for all the families affected by autism. Good luck.

  3. sue
    September 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    hello kathy – i am too a mother of child with autism and not on any meds of any sort – lots of patinets and therapy of different types is what we do. horse therapy to music therapy and of aba therapy. time and patients and persists. over and over again sometimes but its all worth it in the long hall – my son is 11

  4. Theresa Meadows
    September 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Hello my son has autism, downsyndrome, and tourettes. He is in residential school program the training of staff in not acceptable. He has become self abusive beaten himself severly that put him in the infermary for 6 months to heal his head and face. He has now beaten his ears to the point of disfigurement he has had 4 surgeys and getting another next month. All because they didnt purchase head gear that a wrestler would wear and lack of appropiate supervision. I have been to senate office in my state getting nowhere trying to change requirements of staff. If you have any info that could help please please let me know. I dont know how to change this.

  5. Theresa Meadows
    September 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I want to remove him but he has young siblings at home and he requires 24 hour care nonverbal non compliant but I luv him dearly I want to purchase a home for him to live nearby where he can have additional helpers besides me but I cannot financially afford I am loosing hope he deserves to be taken care of better I dont know how to fix this I beg I plead to any and every trying to get help there just isnt any.

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