A new study published Monday in Pediatrics reports that a large proportion of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) share traits similar to children with autism. Among 242 children with ADHD more than 18% were found to have “autistic traits” though they did not meet a formal diagnosis for autism. These children had significant emotional, social, and cognitive impairments as well as challenges at home and in school that are common in children with autism.
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Today, the journal Pediatrics published a special supplement on the health and medical treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
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Posted by Andy Shih, Ph.D., vice president of scientific affairs for Autism Speaks
As researchers and parents, we’ve long known that autism often travels with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). What we haven’t known before is why that is. Also, few studies have examined how ADHD affects the quality of life of those with autism.
The symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) create significant problems for over half of all children with autism and may be both under-recognized and under-treated by pediatricians.