Readers of this blog are aware of my struggles with choosing to put Max on medication for his ADHD. The process has been a long one, and while I’ve become comfortable with my decision to use medication to help him be able to concentrate (because the change in him and what he is learning is remarkable!), we still haven’t found the exact correct medication for him. I had no idea that so many choices, and so many doses of ADHD medication exist.
I also had no idea that children who are on the Autism Spectrum may not see the same results from these medications as children who are not on the Spectrum. I can’t imagine how frustrating this must be for parents, as well as the medical professionals who are trying to treat them.
If you are one of the parents looking for help for your child with Autism and hyperactivity, The Yale Child Study Center at Yale University may be able to help. The Child Study Center is currently conducting a study to determine how well Intuniv®, a medication already on the market and approved for hyperactivity in typically-developing kids, treats hyperactivity in kids ages 5 to 14 with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Since this medication is already available to families, the purpose is simply to determine if it works in these particular situations and how effectively. They are looking for children ages 5 to 14 to participate in the study. Participation is free and participants must be available to go to The Yale Child Study Center regularly for 8 to 16 weeks.
A second study they are conducting also involves Intuniv. This one is for children and teens ages 6 to 17 with Tourette’s and other chronic tic disorders. The researchers are trying to determine if this medication, typically used for treating hyperactivity, will also work to reduce tics in those with these disorders. Again, participation is free and participants must be available to go to The Yale Child Study Center regularly for 8 to 16 weeks.
The third study Yale would like readers to know about is one I think is extremely compelling. Something that I struggle with when it comes to parenting Max is knowing how to discipline him but also knowing how to help him regulate his emotions. The Child Study Center is looking for parents of children on the Autism Spectrum with non-compliant behavior. Parents will join a Parent Training Program which will outline specific coping and behavior techniques they can use with their children. These sessions will occur weekly at Yale and parents are asked to come without their children. The program will last 6 months.
If you are interested in participating in any of these studies, please contact:
Caitlin S. Tillberg
Research Coordinator, Yale Child Study Center
Phone: 203-737-5317, Email: Caitlin.firstname.lastname@example.org