On Aug. 16 She Knows reports that The Kennedy Kreiger Institute released a new study that shows that there is a link to autistic children also having ADHD. Dr. Landa who conducted the study shares that the symptoms are often confused and sometimes even look alike so they are confused or misdiagnosed. If you know what to look for, however, it isn't difficult to spot and you should consider having your child tested.
The signs are easy to spot once you realize it. In most cases, the biggest indication is inattention that doesn't line up with the child's intelligence level and development of their milestones. While many fear having an additional diagnosis on top of autism that is already time consuming and sometimes difficult to deal with, having this particular diagnosis can be a blessing. Many times that parents complain that therapies for their child's autism isn't working because they are still having meltdowns, are overly stressed out, hyper active, or not sleeping can be attributed to ADHD. Once this is diagnosed and treated then many of the issues parents of autistic kids had the most trouble with fall in line and things become more manageable for everyone.
It seems like there is a new study or link to what causes autism almost every day and the truth of the matter is that it's a very complex neurological disorder that could have several causes, links, or other issues that make it difficult to pinpoint or understand. It isn't something to fear as many autistic (and ADHD) kids live successful lives and are productive members of society. Accepting that life will be a little different and possibly challenging is the beginning step to improvement. Once you have the proper therapies for the proper diagnoses, then you will be led to a greater path of success.