Both ADHD and Autism are neurodevelopmental conditions. This means they relate to how someone’s brain developed and they are both lifelong conditions.

What is Autism?

Autism effects the way a person communicates and interacts with other people and how they see the world around them. Autistic people’s brains work differently to non-autistic people’s brains.

Traits of Autism can include:

  • Differences with verbal and non-verbal communication. This can manifest itself in ways such as struggling to pick up on tone of voice or missing physical cues; delayed speech or lack of speech; repetition of words or phrases (echolalia) or perhaps being very talkative.
  • Differences with social interaction. These can include finding it difficult to understand what other people are feeling or what they mean and difficulty in the development of play and imagination.
  • A need for routine and repetition which can present in ways such as these: needing things to stay the same every day; finding changes difficult; repetitive movements such as hand flapping or spinning an object round

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse.

ADHD tends to be categorised into two main types:

  • Inattentiveness (difficulty concentrating or focusing)
  • Hyperactivity and impulsiveness

Many people with ADHD have difficulties that fall into both these categories but this is not always the case.

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