First, what is PDA? PDA in a child materializes in his or her need to avoid demand and control circumstances, and struggles with relationships and social communications.
How is PDA Treated?
If s/he is 11 or older, the common medicine is risperidone. The drug seems to work best with children on a very low dosage which is slowly increased; however, there are side effects. The drug works on anxiety. Some kids have shown positive results on the antidepressant, but it’s a hit-and-miss.
The doctor will provide advice, but be sure to write down all the information regarding side effects. Sometimes it truly does make sense to begin on a small dose. Recent research indicates that 1/8th or 1/6th of the normal dose of risperidone would be expected for a child who has no learning disability or autistic tendencies.
The drug treats successfully aggressive and explosive behavior resulting from autism. Lawrence Seahill, professor of pediatrics, says: “It has pretty big effects on tantrums, aggression and self-injury.” The change may be rather dramatic, he adds, taking effect in only a few weeks.
Christoper McDougle, director of the Lurie Center for Autism in Boston, says: “If you can’t sit still during speech therapy, you’re attacking the teachers and you’re not going to be able to take advantage of it.”
Bear in mind, risperidone has limitations and drawbacks. Not everyone respond to it, symptoms usually return when patient ceased taking the drug, and it does not improve several of the chief behaviors connected with autism.