ADHD and Autism

Did you know that October is ADHD Awareness Month?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is common comorbidity of autism, with around 3 in 10 autistic adults also having ADHD, and like autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Autism and ADHD have some common characteristics, such as emotional dysregulation and sensory sensitivities, but it’s important to understand the needs of both conditions and how these need to be met.

The main characteristics of ADHD are hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattention, with ADHD having an impact on day-to-day life (including school, work, and relationships). These characteristics can present themselves in different ways including forgetfulness, an inability to stay still, and difficulty sustaining attention.

It’s important to understand the individual’s needs, as not everyone with ADHD will experience the same symptoms, and make sure that the positives ADHD can bring are appreciated and valued!

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