Can a child have both ADHD and ASD? The short answer is yes and the sooner it’s diagnosed, the better. Dr. Amir Miodovnik, a developmental pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital authored a study, which shows that symptoms of ADHD may, in fact, conceal ASD in very young children. The study appeared in the October 2015 print issue of Pediatrics.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.
Today, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States.
Autism can present as a broad range of challenges including social skills, repetitive pattern of behavior, and special interests or activities. These challenges are sometimes due to a hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli.