Autism vs. ADHD: A Parent’s Guide to Tricky Diagnoses
Social delays. Communication difficulties. Repetitive behaviors. What’s behind them: ADHD? Autism? Both? When conditions overlap, parents need an intimate understanding of each diagnosis to manage treatment — and everyday life.
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4 Comments: Autism vs. ADHD: A Parent’s Guide to Tricky Diagnoses
Please revise this article to include updated terminology (Aspergers is part of ASD and no longer a diagnosis) and please include a disclaimer regarding the controversy related to ABA (applied behavior analysis) and what autistic adults say about the harm this type of “therapy” has caused, including PTSD. Not all ABA is traumatic, but enough is to warrant a disclaimer.
Aspergers is still a diagnosis in Australia.
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism
My son is 10 years old. He has ADHD and also ASD. He is currently in a psychiatric hospital. Cause I have asked for over a year to get him help and know would help him or myself. It took me 6 years to get a ASD diagnosis. I dont want him to have to stay in the hospital. Can anyone help me with my son.
I am an adult with a comorbid diagnosis of ADHD and ASD and I can tell you that my biggest issue, besides my working memory impairment and slow processing speed, is that they conflict. My ADHD requires stimulation and my sensory issues can’t handle it, so it is very hard. Also, it took me a really long time to learn to recognize when I am having mind blindness.