Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have symptoms that look like those of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Could this similarity delay an ASD diagnosis in some children? A national study last month in Pediatrics, involving nearly 1,500 children with an ASD diagnosis, found the answer is yes.
Of the 1,500 children, about 20 percent were initially diagnosed with ADHD. On average, they received their ASD diagnosis about three years later than those who were first diagnosed with ASD or with both ASD and ADHD simultaneously. This made them 30 times more likely to be over the age of 6 when diagnosed with ASD, missing a vital intervention window.
Notes talked to the paper’s first author, Amir Miodovnik, MD, MPH, of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Division of Developmental Medicine. (Miodovnik currently practices at The Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.) …Read More