ADHD and Autism: The Difference

Autism and ADHD have many similar symptoms. The signs of autism, also called autism spectrum disorder or ASD, can range in severity. While ADHD (also known as ADD) isn’t a spectrum disorder, like autism it can produce a range of symptoms. And each symptom can cause a range of difficulty from one child to the next. So what’s the difference between ADHD and autism?

This great table by Understood.org breaks down some of the key differences between them. Some of the items this comparison chart covers are:

  1. What is ADHD and what is Autism?

  2. Sign you may notice, depending on your child.

  3. Emotional & Social impacts

  4. Professionals who can help

  5. What you can do at home

  6. What your school may provide

View the rest of the table here.


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