Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Share Cognitive Problems

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Children with autism share many of the cognitive difficulties as children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), including difficulties with executive function. The findings of a new study suggest that these shared cognitive characteristics are an inherent part of autism and occur independently of a standalone diagnosis of ADHD. This may reflect the genetic overlap between the two condition, and this new understanding may open the door to more effective treatments for children with autism who also have symptoms of ADHD.

Read more about this study of autism and ADHD from Spectrum News.