ADHD vs Autism – What’s the difference?

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While ADHD is a disease of focus and planning, Autism Spectrum Disorder is an illness of impaired communication skills.

People exhibiting Autism have great difficulty analyzing a person’s body language for cues into unspoken meanings. They often break the flow of conversation, by not taking turns and interrupting if they feel they have something they need to say.

A telltale sign of a child with autism is constant averting of eye contact. Paired to exceptionally poor communication skills, this is likely to be a child who has learned to avoid looking into people’s lives because of social embarrassment or shame.

Children with ADHD generally have a better understanding of communication etiquette, as well as the implied thoughts and meanings of others. Behavioral problems stemming from high impulsivity/hyperactivity can also cause them to interrupt or act hostile, however.

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1 year 4 months ago

Well, most people still thinks that ADHD is the same as autism. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 12. My teachers thought I was autistic! Jeez.

The problem is with lack of information on this topic, and even proper training to teachers and staff on how to handle kids with cases like this.., :(

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1 year 4 months ago

ADHD is not the same as autism. As a teacher, I empathize with you for having a difficult time in school. Personally, I make sure that I am sensitive to the needs or conditions of my students because I understand how tough school can be with the additional burden of a mental disorder.

Mia Woodward
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Mia Woodward
1 year 4 months ago

My niece was diagnosed with both ADHD and ASD. I thought back then that it was not possible but I learned something new. My sister tried to enroll her in normal school but it was hard for our poor girl. So she decided to transfer her to home schooling.

Miles Perez
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Miles Perez
1 year 4 months ago

I’m curious. Is it possible to have both conditions, ADHD and autism?

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