What Is The Difference Between ADHD And Autism – A Short Guide For Parents

It is not uncommon to see behavioral changes in a child, especially once they get to around three years of age. The challenge for many parents, is actually trying to determine which behavioral changes are a normal part of growing up, and which ones are not

When a young child suddenly becomes hyperactive, and seemingly disinterested in some of the activities which other kids love, parents often worry. Their once well behaved kid now seems to be unruly most of the time, and it often seems like they are in their own world.

Even so, many parents just let it go, especially if they only have one child. However, teachers are usually not as forgiving, and if the child continues to display problematic behavior in class, many teachers will want to discuss the problem with the child’s parents. In all honesty, this is actually a good thing, because it brings the problem out into the open.

One of the leading causes of undesirable behavior in a child is a mental health disorder known as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Another common cause happens to be autism, although admittedly, it is far less common than ADHD.

So, what is the difference between ADHD and autism? In order to discuss all the differences, I would have to write countless pages. Unfortunately I can’t do that right now, so I will just touch on the most noticeable differences.

Children with ADHD typically suffer from inattentiveness; hyperactivity and impulsivity. Some will display all three characteristics, while others may only display one or two. Generally speaking, these kids can’t concentrate on the same thing for very long, and they grow restless quickly. Even at the dinner table, an ADHD child will be moving around and fidgeting all the time.

Trying to punish an ADHD child for these behaviors will only make matters worse. The only way to correct this sort of behavior is by means of Behavioral Modification Therapy; prescription medication, or perhaps one or more natural remedies.

Compared to ADHD, autism is exceedingly more complex. It’s far more difficult to diagnose, and it is also far more difficult to treat. Children with autism have great difficulty interacting with other people, including kids the same age. Most also have difficulty trying to learn basic language skills. Also, because of these issues, the vast majority of kids with autism tend to be introverted, and have no desire to play with other kids.

Having said all that, if you were to ask me, what is the difference between ADHD and autism, and I was only allowed to give one answer, I would be forced to be the bringer of bad news. Basically, if your child

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