Hi E., I would hope no one would dare to question a parent making a huge decision like whether or not to use a medication for their child. My son is 18 years old and he has taken Rispeidone for years; he takes a liquid form in juice, splitting the dose into two times.
It's very powerful, and when he had too many drops he would become groggy and sleepy. It has helped him to participate better in group settings,i.e. school, traveling, groups.
He was biting his hand all the time with frustration and had some wounds from the biting, it was reduced alot.
He has more time to understand the situation and tries to control himself, he wants to be in control too.
Weight control can be an issue for some kids. We found it worked right away to reduce anxiety. Please keep the behavioral approach going, it will become more efficient and useful. We have been trying to give him high doses of omega fish oil, evidently it helps the brain to function better and less meds can be the result. Suggested by his psychiatrist. keep in touch, if you have time. I'm here for you. Deb