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Old 09-29-2011, 02:25 AM   #1
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Question Aspergers/ADHD - are they similar - could they be misdiagnosed?

My son has had problems since a very early age, things have never been quite right with him and he couldn't ever fit in at any nursery, playgroup, school, even holiday clubs, I have spent years and years trying to get him seen and eventually after the school called in a 'healthy minds' worker, she suspected Aspergers and got him a very quick referral to the Psychologists, the first Psychologist we saw also suspected Aspergers and even went as far as suggesting I buy a book she suggested and read it, after doing so it was like reading a book wrote about my son, it was amazing that all the things I had thought were 'strange' about him were mentioned in this book, his obsessions, his upset at change of routine (even to the point where he'd tell me it was his bedtime which I thought was strange for a child), his extreme eating weirdness (separated foods, very limited range down to brand & shape), his sensitiveness to noise and feel of some things, his strange way of talking, problems with fitting in, and I could go on & on, anyhow I was then referred to another psychologist who did some tests and said he could have traits of many of the conditions and made this suggestion but also said because of his constant fidgeting and unawareness of danger she suspected ADHD, she then referred my son for another appointment with an ADHD specialist, after 10 mins of talking to my son he decided he had ADHD, then soon after my son was discharged with a discharge summary diagnosing ADHD and suggestions that he is statemented asap. Anyhow all that is fine, I am very glad after years that we may finally get my son the help he needs in school as a full time teaching assistant has been recommended and as he goes up to High school in a year, it will help alot. But now his educational psychologist (separate organisation than the psychologists that diagnosed him) is telling me she is sure its more than ADHD and is also convinced he has Aspergers also, do I go back for another referral or just accept the ADHD diagnosis - wait and see how the statement comes through and works out? What would others do, has anyone else had the same sort of thing and not got the diagnosis til later that was suspected right from the start?

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Old 10-21-2011, 04:45 PM   #2
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Re: Aspergers/ADHD - are they similar - could they be misdiagnosed?

Hi there just thought I would reply as no-one else has!!! I has 2 ASD boys(12yo Aspie and 5yo classic). You have practically described most mothers struggle with these disorders Both of my boys have what's know as "co-morbid" dx. Fancy way of saying "they also have this as well". I should also tell you that my eldest lad was only dx(diagnosed) at 9 after yrs of "pushing" on my part. No-one really takes these disorders very seriously unless your child is a danger to themselves or others. My oldest boy is not only Aspergers but has "Auditory prosessing disorder, Adhd(type 3 non attention deficit), Dyspraxia, Anxiety Disorder etc etc. So in answer (kind of) to your question it may be very possible that your child is ALSO adhd. If the dr's try to tell your its one or the other dont buy it, asd and adhd and vastly different. Good Luck

Old 11-17-2011, 06:04 PM   #3
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Re: Aspergers/ADHD - are they similar - could they be misdiagnosed?

My son was just dx with ADHD and he is 5. I have been researching both ADHD and aspergers and have read that their can be similarities and severe ADHD and mild autism can seem like one and the same. I also know there can be both. I am also a special ed teacher with 2 autistic kids (twins) who are also ADHD. They still manage to get mostly As and Bs (3rd grade) so go figure! My own son does some repetitive stuff like lining things up, spinning, and rigid play with specific rules. But he only has a few asperger symptoms at this point so I am treating for ADHD unless that changes. Because both disorders share sensory integration disorders- they can have a lot in common. I think the biggest difference is Aspergers has more of communication/social concerns and ADHD has more inattentive, hyper, and easily frustrated concerns.

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Re: Aspergers/ADHD - are they similar - could they be misdiagnosed?

Their is such a big over lap in these disorders it canbe very hard to separate the 2 . When my son was very little he was diagnosed as having ADHD , Some professionals also labeled him as autistic , he had major language problems, flapped his hands, stared at his hands, flipped his fingers in front of his face, stared at lights, jumped up and down, spinned in circles , and aggressive behaviors, Working with the school they always wer eon the fence about him. Other outside Dr's and professionals would diagnose him as autistic> My son was placed in Special Day classrooms since he was 3 1/5 and placed on medications at 4 . I had to eventually stop worrying about the diagnoses and concentrate on his education and placement. So for years that is what I did. By the time my son turned 12 years old the hyperactivity slowed down , slowed down so much he did not need to take medications anymore, a year later he was not needing any meds. We had moved to a different City by then , it was the Regional Center who looked at my sons records from the last county we were from and wanted my son tested by a NeuroPsycholgist, my son had seen many Dr.s and Neuro's in the past , but since it was going to be paid by the Regional Center , and it had been several years since he was Diagnosed I had him Re Tested, this was Not through the School .
The NeuroPsycholgist tested him in detail. He found him as autistic , and cognitively delayed, He had Outgrown the ADHD pretty much gone. Their was no more confusion , he finally had a solid diagnoses, but it took my son to out grow the ADHD until their was a more clear picture.
I strongly advise you to take your child to a Dr. or Professional outside the school . The Dr. outside the school will be better at diagnosing and then you can have a clearer answer . The school has to provide educational services no matter what, when you have a different Dr. diagnosing your child the school has to take that into consideration when offering services and placing your child. my son was always in severely Handicapp classrooms, he went to the Neuropsychogist at 15 years old. Even though everyone knew he was ASD he did not meet the ADHD diagnoses anymore.

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