When a child above the age of 6 cannot focus on a task, parents may immadiately diagnose the child with ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Difficulties with sitting and doing homework may be easily confused with ADHD. Both disorders share many common symptoms. In other words, Autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are related in several ways. Children with ADHD which is common childhood behavioral disorder may have other deficits like repetative behavior, social problems and language delay. In this case, it is important distinguishing symptoms of ADHD and Autism distinctively. Sometimes, these overlaping symptoms can cause a kid to be incorrectly diagnosed with one condition rather than the other.
Diagnosis of ADHD or Autism or both is not easy, specially at the earliest ages.
The brains of high functioning autistic individuals is fundamentaly different with those of others. Todays, brain imaging technology has helped neurologists analyze brain structure of autistic children and compare them to those of ADHDs.
Behavioral symptoms of ADHD
There are three groups of symptoms; inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
- always being “on the go”
- feeling bored quickly with tasks
- neglectimg others in conversations
- talking nonstop
- blurting out
- interrupting others
- Having trouble playing quietly
- being distracted easily
- Having a dard time paying attention to a task
- being forgetful
- being disorganized
- lack of focus
- being impatient
- having hard time with waiting to react
Symptoms of Autism spectrum disorder:
- language delay
- impaired social interaction
- lack of eye contact
- repetative behavior
- flapping hands
- strange interests and habits
- lack of flexibility
- being unaware of danger
- lack of emotional reactions
- flipping objects around
- having trouble with switching from one activity to another
- unresponsive to his name
- lack of sympathy
Studies show that two-thirds of kids with ADHD have at least one co-existing condition, and Autism spectrum disorder is the most common disorder in this case. Latest investigations have indicated that up two half of kids with ADHD also have Autism.
However, the important thing is that occuring both ADHD and Autism together worsen quality of life for children. This is the task of parents to cope with these tough situations patiently. You know it is so scary the word “Autism”, and diagnosis of the disorder can be terrible, and deeply devastate parents.