Like all of us, children and teens are hopeful and pleased that the situation appears to be improving. However, the next phase of the pandemic comes with its own fears and anxieties. Some characteristics of autism may make these fears even more intense for kids on the spectrum.
Can a child have both ADHD and ASD? The short answer is yes and the sooner it’s diagnosed, the better. Dr. Amir Miodovnik, a developmental pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital authored a study, which shows that symptoms of ADHD may, in fact, conceal ASD in very young children. The study appeared in the October 2015 print issue of Pediatrics.
Living with autism is difficult. Being a high-functioning person with autism can be even more challenging because for many, "fitting in" is highly desired and doubly worked for yet ever so intangible. So it is for their strongest advocate, the autism mom, the momma-bear, the warrior-mom who is steadily providing support.
Most children can negotiate transitions without much difficulty. If a child does protest, it is usually because they are being asked to move from a desirable activity to a less desirable activity. However, for children on the spectrum, transitions (of all types) can be quite challenging. Even relatively straightforward directions such as "Get your shoes on.
As a child psychologist working in the field of autism, I often get asked by parents whether or not they should tell their children about their diagnosis. My answer is almost always an emphatic, “Yes.”