Does an ADHD Diagnosis Camouflage Autism?
“As a baby, toddler, and preschooler, we always recognized our son was a bit different than other children his age,” Karen Copeland, founder of Champions for Community Mental Wellness, told Healthline. “It was kindergarten or grade one when I started strongly suspecting autism. Our son was diagnosed with ADHD by a pediatrician after a 15-minute interview when he was 6 years old.”
The subsequent experiences of Copeland and her son are an illustration of the study’s findings.
Despite suspecting that her son also had autism around age 6, he didn’t receive the additional diagnosis until age 11.
Author: Penny Williams
Penny Williams guides and mentors parents raising kids with ADHD and/or autism. She’s the parent of a son with ADHD and autism, and the author of three award-winning books on parenting kids with ADHD: Boy Without Instructions, What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD, and The Insider’s Guide to ADHD Penny is the current editor of ParentingADHDandAutism.com, Founder and Instructor for The Parenting ADHD & Autism Academy, and a frequent contributor on parenting and children with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications.