Many children with autism have also ADHD

by Quentin Hurel - 2013.06.07
Many children with autism have also ADHD
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Nearly one-third of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) also have clinically significant Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. These findings come from a study of the co-occurrence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in early school-age children (4 to 8 years old),  led by researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Published in Autism: The International Journal and Practise, the study has also found that children with both ASD and ADHD are significantly more impaired on measures of cognitive, social and adaptive functioning compared to children with ASD only. Dr Landa and her team have observed 162 children and their results have revealed that, among 63 children with ASD, 29% were rated by their parents as having clinically significant symptoms of ADHD. Results revealed that children with autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder had lower cognitive functioning, more severe social impairment, and greater delays in adaptive functioning than children with autism spectrum disorder only.

Published in Autism, Mental disability.
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