ADHD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other co-existing conditions.
"Children with ADHD are not problem children, but children with a genuine problem."
These conditions co-exist together.
● This means that a child with ASD is very likely to also have co-existing ADHD, but may also have associated learning difficulties, coordination problems, speech & language difficulties, sensory integration problems, auditory processing problems, oppositional defiant disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, or Tics.
● It is extremely important that this concept be understood in coming to a firm diagnosis. It is usually not just one diagnosis or another, but there are often both or all present.
● Effective management involves coming to a clear diagnosis initially so that the best management options can be put in place. These may involved either medical or non medical strategies, or both.
● Whatever approach is finally decided on, liasing with the school, and implementing appropriate support and monitoring there, is essential.