Why Some Children on the Autism Spectrum Are Misdiagnosed with ADHD

Asperger's Syndrome no longer exists as a standalone diagnosis. But many of the symptoms associated with this type of Autism Spectrum Disorder are mistaken for ADHD along the way. Find out if your doctor is on the right path. By Eileen Costello Asperger's and ADHD Most children with symptoms formerly associated with Asperger's Syndrome, [...]

Executive Functioning and Theory of Mind

An Article from: AutismSpeaks.org Download the entire PDF, here. Individuals with Asperger Syndrome/HFA may often face challenges related to their ability to interpret certain social cues and skills. They may have difficulty processing large amounts of information and relating to others. Two core terms relating to these challenges are Executive Functioning and Theory of Mind. [...]

The co-occurrence of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children – what do we know?

By Yael Leitner Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) often co-occur. The DSM-IV had specified that an ASD diagnosis is an exclusion criterion for ADHD, thereby limiting research of this common clinical co-occurrence. As neurodevelopmental disorders, both ASD and ADHD share some phenotypic similarities, but are characterized by [...]

Relationship Problems of Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome

By Tony Attwood The following article was recently published as the Foreword to an excellent and highly recommended new book: “The Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome” by Susan J. Moreno, Marci Wheeler and Kealah Parkinson, 2012, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. Introduction Adults with Asperger’s syndrome have difficulties acquiring relationship skills due to the defining [...]