Why Some Children on the Autism Spectrum Are Misdiagnosed with ADHD

Asperger's Syndrome no longer exists as a standalone diagnosis. But many of the symptoms associated with this type of Autism Spectrum Disorder are mistaken for ADHD along the way. Find out if your doctor is on the right path.

Poor Social Interaction

  • Failure to develop age-appropriate peer relationships (inability to understand the social give-and-take of friendships)
    Most children with symptoms formerly associated with Asperger's Syndrome want to make friends, but they don’t know how.
  • Failure to seek out others to share enjoyment, interest, and achievements (such as sharing a good grade on a test)
  • Lack of social and emotional reciprocity (not enjoying being with others just for the sake of being together)
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