Saturday, 25 August 2012

Is it ADHD, ASD or SLI?

The overlap of ADHD symptoms and autism symptoms have confused many families. When a child can’t sit still for homework or a meal, or stay in his chair in class, when he fidgets or talks too much and too insistently, most parents and practitioners think, “This child must be hyper-active!”
The first explanation most doctors arrive at is also attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The condition is familiar, it’s been around for a long time, and there are effective strategies to manage it. It is important to remember, however, that almost any psychological or developmental disorder of childhood can look like ADHD, with or without the hyperactivity. Children under stress, due to learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, communication based difficulties, specific language impairment (SLI) or sensory integration problems, may exhibit the same symptoms. It takes a skillful evaluation to tease out explanations for the behaviors.

The biggest part of our case load have had an ADHD query at some point but with time getting to know them, listening to parents and careful assessment show those who do and those who just have attention control issues.

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