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      How old is your son? Why is he on clonidine?

      Be sure to check the label to be sure that Pedasure etc doesn’t have

      msg in it. first do a search to get a list of all the different words

      that they use to hide the fact that msg is in it. slim fast for

      example has msg in it but it’s not called msg. also imo sugar free

      things aren’t good for kids as they can react to those as well as fake

      sugar just isn’t good for anyone.

      your right but a lot need a med as coffee isn’t enough to do any good.

      and a kid can be adhd as well as be on the autistic spectrum. i

      should know i have one that is both. his dx is adhd with

      ticks/asperger’s he took clonidine for the tics for many years tho he

      is now off it as most of the tics have either been outgrown or have

      calmed down a lot.

      i disagree that adhd can be part of autism i as well as both kids are

      adhd, my other son isn’t autistic at all. he does have other issues

      tho. i think adhd is a issue within it’s self and not part of anything

      else. i admit that i haven’t done any reading on either topic for a

      while now. both of my kids are grown now so i have been thru it all


      just my 2 cents on the subject


      On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 6:49 AM, Erica Hager <> wrote:


      > >

      > the problem I ran into with my son was I was limiting sweets so much when he

      > was first diagnosed with adhd before the autism diagnosis was we had an

      > opposite backlash when it came time to give him meds which he cannot yet

      > swallow — I would put it into something sweet to hide it and he would look

      > at it suspiciously and ignore it because he knew i didnt allow sweets. I

      > gradually got him to accept sweets again and best way to hide clonidine I

      > have found is in a hershey kiss with the soft center — just push it

      > sideways through the bottom very gently………..


      > as for weight gain there is pediasure, carnation instant breakfast chocolate

      > milk (if kids are on wic and get milk this is especially cost effective)

      > there is a sugar free version of this as well — russell stover makes many

      > sugar free candies.


      > diet sometimes helps, but not always one thing that works with youngsters is

      > COFFEE as caffieine is a stimulant and children with adhd need extra

      > stimulation to deal with the hyper impulses — sounds backwards but its true

      > — they engage in “self stimulating” ie hyper behavior in order to try to

      > control the hyper impulses.


      > definitely also have the children screened for autistic spectrum disorder as

      > many autistic children are mislabeled as being adhd or hyper — esp if child

      > seems to have sensory issues as well or anxiety, speech issues, or defiant

      > or oppositional behaviors. the adhd is often a symptom of autism look on

      > for more info — the info and help there also applies to

      > adhd and anxiety as well.

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