The Difference Between Aspergers and ADHD

Jun 11th 2011 at 11:31 PM

How can you tell the difference between Aspergers and ADHD? The disorders are similar but some of the symptoms are quite different but others overlap. Your pediatrician or doctor may be able to tell you which condition your child has, but here are some indicators to guide you.

Aspergers Syndrome gets some fancy names and sometimes is described as part of the autism spectrum called “pervasive developmental disorders”. It is however a mild form of autism but some parents are very unhappy about such a label. Doctors too are wary about using the term autism and maybe for that reason do not diagnose it as often as they should. The main problem is that as the symptoms overlap, this does happen quite often.

What are the differences then between Aspergers and ADHD? The child with Aspergers (or Aspies as they are sometimes called) will have lots of problems with social skills and they cannot really understand what people’s expectations are of them. They will have great difficulty as well in making eye contact. The ADHD child understands most social cues and will be able to make eye contact.

The symptoms for Aspergers and ADHD will overlap when both types of children have outbursts, temper flare ups and talk non-stop. There is another difference though which becomes fairly obvious and that is that the Aspergers child will talk in a boring monotone but will be completely unaware of the social cues and the importance of interaction. This defect is sometimes known as lack of social reciprocity.


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By Nick Naggar



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