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ADHD or Autism?

At first glance, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism may look the same. The signs are similar:  problems with focus, inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Children can hard time communicating, trouble with schoolwork and with social interactions.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism share many of the same symptoms, there are two different conditions. Autism is a developmental disorder where ADHD impacts the way the brain grows and develops. And possibly, you or your child can have both.

According to ADDitude:

Roughly two-thirds of kids with ADHD have at least one co-existing condition, and Autism Spectrum Disorders — ASD — are among the conditions that commonly occur with ADHD. Some studies suggest that up to half of kids with ASD also have ADHD.

So how do you know?


Children with autism struggle to focus on things that they want to do and may fixate on things that they do not want to do. Kids with ADHD simply lose interest.


A child with autism will have a hard time communicating their thoughts and feelings.  On the other hand, a child with ADHD may talk nonstop,  is likely to interrupt the conversation or try to own a conversation.

Keep in mind that an early diagnosis will help children get ont the right treatment path. Children and adults with these ADHD and / or Autism can have successful, happy lives!

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