Social delays. Communication difficulties. Repetitive behaviours. What’s behind them: ADHD? Autism? Both? When conditions overlap, parents need an intimate understanding of each diagnosis to manage therapy— and everyday life.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) and autism are neurodevelopmental disorders that impact similar brain functions. They are different conditions that share some similar behaviours.

What’s ADHD?

Most people think that ADHD is nothing, their child is just lazy or isn’t motivated enough or has a low IQ or is just being disobedient. However, it’s not like that at all. It is because of this attitude that ADHD is often diagnosed late when the damage is half done.

ADHD causes the brain to refuse to perform complex mental tasks like executing certain body functions, like planning, self-monitoring, verbal regulation, motor control, maintaining and changing mental set and emotional regulation.

What Causes ADHD?


It’s the most common cause of ADHD which is also uncontrollable but with proper awareness and periodic developmental assessment you can always catch it at an early stage and tone down the effects with early intervention.
It can be anything from willingly intaking something toxic to unknown exposure to toxic gases. Studies have also found an association between the children with behaviour & learning issues and their mothers who smoked or used alcohol during pregnancy.

Exposure To Toxic Substances

Injury To The Brain From Trauma/Brain Tumors/Strokes

It’s not that common but an injury to the brain can cause problems with inattention and poor regulation of motor activity and impulses.

What’s Autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental issue. It can show a range from highly skilled to severely challenged minds. Children dealing with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) faces issues in various social skills, communication skills, speech issues, behaviour issues and the list can be really long. As it’s a spectrum disorder, every mind shows different challenges and sometimes wonders as well.

There is not one autism but many subtypes. These subsets are most influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Children with autism learn, think and solve problems in their own unconventional ways. Whereas some children with ASD may need continuous support in their daily life activities all day long, others may just need help with some of the things.

What Causes Autism?

There is NO exact cause of autism however experts believe that genetics and environment play a crucial role up to some extend. Experts recommend that every parent should take an autism screening test for their 18 to 24 months old baby.

Delayed action after an autism diagnosis can make your child’s life more difficult. Intervention delay in case of autism will negatively impact the emotional intelligence of your child which will hold them back from achieving their best potential.