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Penny Williams
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If you’ve seen one person with ASD, you’ve seen one person with ASD. The same for ADHD. Two people with ASD could have not one of the same symptoms between them.

And, yes, many symptoms of ADHD, SPD, and ASD overlap. It’s common to have all 3 diagnoses (my son does and they’re all accurate). It’s very common for symptoms of ASD to “flare” when anxious or agitated, so they’d be much more pronounced at those times than when he’s calm.

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Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism