The relationship between Asperger’s and ADHD is not as well known as it should be. Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is an autism spectrum disorder that affects a person’s social interaction, communication, interests, and behavior.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also interferes with social interactions. Still, it does so by affecting the individual’s attention span and ability to focus on a task.
As Asperger’s progresses into adulthood, many people who have the condition start to see symptoms of ADHD emerge in their life as well. The two conditions share impaired sensory processing skills. People with either Asperger’s Syndrome or ADHD will often struggle with sensory processing. They also share:
Situations involving difficulty with social interactions
Require support from parents/teachers
Different approaches to treatment
What are treatments for Asperger’s and ADHD’s?
Some Asperger’s patients require behavioral therapy, while others may benefit from drug treatments like stimulants.
ADHD medications are usually prescribed to manage symptoms of both Aspergers and ADHD.
How does one support a person with Asperger’s or ADHD?
A person with Asperger’s or ADHD may require intense support from their parents/teachers.
For Asperger’s patients, it is essential to teach them appropriate social skills while also encouraging exploration of emotions and self-awareness.
Parents should be aware that people with Asperger’s are not “slow learners.”
Empathy is vital when sharing a life with a person dealing with Asperger’s or ADHD, so keep your mind and heart open at all times.