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There are many similarities in symptoms between ADHD and ASD – difficulties in attention, communication, impulsivity, restlessness or hyperactivity – which can often lead to a misdiagnosis. Additionally, both syndromes cause significant behavioral, academic, emotional, and adaptive problems in school, at home, and elsewhere. (Rao and Landa, 2013).
Beyond the official medical diagnosis, educators, health providers and parents, all of whom interact with and provide intervention to individuals with ADHD often lack training on appropriate strategies that can be implemented during education, therapy and play sessions to help individuals with ADD/ADHD.