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Hi everyone,
I have question ... Has anyone heard of children qualifying for disability benefits for ADHD? I have 2 children with ADHD and each take 3 - 4 different kinds of prescriptions a day.
My son is 11 1/2 and been on meds since he was 4yrs old, and my daughter is 10 and put on meds when she was 8. Here is a list of what medications they take:
My son: Morning
Ritalin LA 40mg - Ritalin LA 5mg to go with his 40 of mornings and afternoons before 4pm if needed
Risperdal .25mg
Remeron SolTab 30mg
medications taken in the past since he was 4:
ritalin 1995-1999 4yrs, concerta 1999- 2002, adderall 2002-2003, ritalin la 2003-present
My son is a very bright/smart child, but he lets the simplest things make him angry and feels like he's a victim of everything and has caused uproars at school, had no friends because of this, he was evaluated by one of the Special Ed teachers the entire school year with no one knowing of this evaluation, from this she classified him as being Emotionally Disabled along with his other ADHD symptoms. The school will be accommodating his needs somewhat for this upcoming school year, but its not enough. He has a phobia of being in large groups so he has trouble walking into the classroom and so the teachers count him as being Tardy, he does better in smaller groups, mainly 1 on 1, that keeps his focus on what he needs to do. Tutors are not an option for my kids because of financal hardship.
My daughter: Strattera 40mg (can take up to 2 a day if needed - takes of morning with breakfast, but give at evening if needed)
Risperdal - .25mg mood stabilizer (takes this before bed and its a lifesaver, can take up to 3 times a day, but was instructed at last visit over a week ago to give 2 times a day to see if helps)
Paxil - 10mg Antidepressants (This medication is used to treat depression or other mental/mood disorders)takes this also before bed
Others have taken in past but was not effective:
My daughter has speech and language difficulties, comprehending simple math problems(but has come a long way with her math but now has some setbacks), loves to read, but got an F in reading in her last 6 weeks of school due to failing tests- all this has been results of being on Strattera and no other stimulants, but her teacher didnt tell me she was failing Reading til after school was over. She wasnt talking by the age of 2 so she was placed with Early intervention services and started taking speech therapy. Attended headstart from the age of 3 - 5 (1996-1998)headstart center - received speech therapy then as well, continues speech therapy during school. Her mental state at times are a 10 year old being a 5 year old. When she attended Kindergarten her teacher would tell me shes very immature for her age. DUH!!!
I have insurance through my job, but it only pays Half for mental/nervousness conditions and I get them on childrens medicaid once in a while when I dont recieve child support from their father, but soon as I get a check they get taken off again. But I can go for months at a time and be ok for their coverage, but when you have 6 medications and therapy sessions once a month and doctor visits for update checkup monthly, its very costly and I dont have that kind of money for all this. I applied for the both of my kids over a year ago and was both denied, but I was told to keep at it and eventually they will be approved. This year alone we have more information on both kids of their problems and knows that they need treatments. Each medications alone costs $70-$100 take that x's 6 ..very costly. Money benefits would pay for their priscriptions and health coverage would help cover for their dr and therapy sessions.
I am at a loss on where to turn to for this type of help and coverage for my kids. Taking the kids to their ADHD related appointments qualifies under FMLA (family medical leave act), but after 2 years of getting attendance points for all this, I was told I should have been covered from the beggining, everything is settled in that area and I dont get attendance points for taking off to take them for their sessions and dr. appointments, but that takes away my pay. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

[This message has been edited by auburn_brat (edited 06-29-2003).]

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