Songs for Lexi

Songs for Lexi

SSRI

3 minute video of Alexi doing homework May 2015.... 

 

So when you watch this video, you will see an example of a bad homework session with Alexi.  She is not always this bad.  That being said, it does show her frustration and inability to focus.  The reason we chose to try medication for her in the first place is because, whether a homework or school session is met with this much frustration or not -- she STILL scripts (talks to herself) constantly, talks about the dentist 1,000's of times per day, she still cannot really comprehend what she's reading, and she still struggles with what might just be.... anxiety.  After having tried (see previous posts) Quillivant (a stimulant) and Intuniv (a blood pressure medication) -- we are now officially trying Zoloft (generic is Sertraline) - the only FDA approved SSRI for children.  We are starting with a very light dose - .5 ml.  If we don't see changes after 2 weeks, we should increase dosage to 1ml.  So - some might be wondering - what's an SSRI???  

  

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors[1] (SSRIs) are a class of compounds typically used as antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders.

SSRIs are believed to increase the extracellular level of the neurotransmitter serotonin by inhibiting its reuptake into the presynaptic cell, increasing the level of serotonin in the synaptic cleft available to bind to the postsynaptic receptor. They have varying degrees of selectivity for the other monoamine transporters, with pure SSRIs having only weak affinity for the norepinephrine and dopamine transporter.

 

So perhaps what Alexi is displaying is scripting and upset manifesting as anxiety??  Who knows - with Autism there's no way to know if something can work with any child unless you try.   And that's what we're doing.... 

 

On a good and positive note -- I recently took a trip away (THANK YOU MY HUSBAND) for the weekend.  I explained to Alexi about my trip... I told her that a friend was taking me to the airport, that she'd be with Daddy and her sister and that they'd all come pick me up from the airport on Monday night.  So she didn't ask for me a lot when I was gone, and then Monday came and she asked my husband a couple hours before they were due to go get me, "Mommy airport?"  For her, this is awesome!  She didn't perseverate (obsess) about my being gone, about going to the airport, but there's no doubt that she understood me when I explained the deal to her....  And with all the repeating, repeating, repeating and the scripting and the screams and the mentioning of the dentist and the crying that goes on here -- she once again proved to us that she understands more than she seems to.  So if we can help her lessen some of this scripting, perhaps we will see more of her true personality which is hidden and masked by echolalia (repeating).... 

 

Cross your fingers!  Thanks for listening!

 

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