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Is Autism and ADHD the same?

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Is Autism and ADHD the same?

 

While autism and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) share many of the same symptoms, the two are still distinct conditions. Because they are often comorbid (presence of two conditions at the same time), this makes distinguishing between the two even more difficult. The chart below outlines the main differences:

 

 DISORDER AUTISM ADHD
 What is it?ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition where the child is often impulsive and finds it difficult to concentrate and pay attention.Autism spectrum disorders are a series of related developmental disorders that can affect language skills, behavior, social interactions, and the ability to learn.
 SignsSeems forgetful or easily distracted
Has trouble staying focused and on task
Has tantrums or meltdowns due to lack of control
Has trouble sitting still or exercising patience
Acts impulsively
Avoids eye/physical contact
Has speech issues, whether delayed or repetitive
Has meltdowns due to sensory overload
Struggles with social skills
Repetitive or extreme body movements to deal with anxiety
Has trouble gauging social cues
 ImpactHas trouble following social rules and therefore difficulty maintaining social relationshipsHas trouble understanding social rules and therefore difficulty maintaining social relationships
 What to doSet clear rules and structure and establish a routine
Break tasks into smaller chunks and offer breaks
Have a meltdown plan
Role-play and practice teaching what to do in social situations

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