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Is My Child with ADHD on the Autism Spectrum?

Behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder can look a lot like ADHD. Here’s an overview of signs previously associated with Asperger’s syndrome, plus common reasons why parents mistake ASD for ADHD — and vice versa.

4 Comments: Is My Child with ADHD on the Autism Spectrum?

  1. Hey, please don’t use puzzle piece imagery relating to autism. It was created by the eugenics-based anti-autistic group Autism Speaks and it used to say autistic people are puzzles that need to be solved, or are missing a piece, generally spreading ableist ideas and harming autistics.

  2. Hey no offense but, when it comes to autism, using a picture of puzzle piece discredits you: it’s a symbol that was rejected by the autistic community.

  3. In my point of view and experience, I think Autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are related in several ways. ADHD isn’t on the syndrome spectrum, however, they have similar symptoms.
    Autism is one of the common disorders in children, which is related to brain development. Kids with this condition face problems in making social interaction and communication.

  4. As I understand it, Aspergers and ADD/ADHD can go together, but likely have some overlap in symptoms. Back when I grew up, no one had a clue about this, but good teachers could get my attention, others couldn’t. And I was socially awkward, still am today in some ways, but better practiced at others. I was lucky that a few good teachers, guidance counselors picked me for special attention, giving me enough of a chance to succeed. It’s still not easy, and never will be.

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