ADHD vs. Autism Research Note
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Our understanding of autism is constantly evolving, and the term now refers to a wider spectrum of children, whose symptoms range from moderate to severe. Though the exact number of children affected by autism is unknown, the numbers of children who have the condition is growing. While the primary symptoms of autism relate to social and communication skills, other symptoms are common to ADHD—including hyperactivity, aggression and attention problems. Unlike parents of children with ADHD, parents of children with autism will usually suspect problems when their child is around 18 months old, often cued by their child's lack of communication and social skills. Sometimes, an infant will develop normally, only to lose their language or social skills between ages one and two.Fast Facts:
- Autism is linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain, and affects the development of social and communication skills.
- A number of causes for autism have been suspected, but not proven. They include diet, mercury poisoning, the inability to process vitamins or minierals, and vaccine sensitivity.
- Children with autism may have symptoms of ADHD.
- An estimated one in every 150 children have some form of autism.
- Many children with autism can function well in school and social activities.
psychcentral.com — “A new grant has been awarded to conduct a national study of the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children with autism spectrum” View full resource at psychcentral.com
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov — “PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 19 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.” View full resource at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
additudemag.com — “Suspect that your attention deficit child may also be autistic? Here's what you need to know about diagnosing and treating autism in ADHD children. ADHD symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment information for adults and children from experts in attention deficit and learning disabilities like dyslexia. How to manage ADD medications, set up school accommodations for your child, help your marriage to an ADD/ADHD adult parent children with discipline problems, use alternative treatments, succeed at work” View full resource at additudemag.com
health.msn.com — “Despite what some skeptics may think attention deficit disorder ADHD and autism are very real disorders with well-deserved spots in psychologists'” View full resource at health.msn.com
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