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Has this person ever been diagnosed with or received treatment for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?

Questionnaire: Child with ASD
Date Last Updated: 1/29/09
Graph Current as of: 1/29/09

Why Is This Important?

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are often diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, as well. Sometimes they may have been initially diagnosed with ADHD or ADD which was later discovered to be ASD. At any rate, these are important disorders that have some similarities with ASD.

Researchers are interested in how many children with ASDs have also been diagnosed at some point with an attention deficit diagnosis such as ADHD or ADD.

Data from IAN Research:

Pie chart showing percentage of children with ASD who also have been diagnosed with or treated for attention disorders.

This chart shows that over a quarter of the children in IAN Research with an Autism Spectrum Disorder have also been diagnosed, at some point in their lives, with either ADHD or ADD.  When we consider only children age 10 and over, that figure goes up to more than half, as shown below.

Pie chart showing percentage of children aged 10 and older with ASD who also have been diagnosed with or treated for attention disorders.

A related chart shows how often children in IAN Research with a diagnosis of Autism, PDD-NOS, or Asperger's Syndrome have been diagnosed or treated for ADHD or ADD, Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder.

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