Dual Assessment

ADHD and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental conditions that frequently co-occur. Although twin studies suggest that there are shared genetic influences that lead to both, researchers have yet to find a clearly identifiable neurological reason for these to exist together.

 

Nonetheless, the overlap is significant:

  • ADHD is present in 30–80% of individuals with ASD.

  • ASD is present in 20–50% of individuals with ADHD.

The main areas of neurological overlap for ASD and ADHD are in following four areas: 

 

  • attention processing,

  • performance monitoring,

  • face processing and

  • sensory processing.

 

Furthermore, people with ADHD and ASD are often considered to have a lack of concern or inability to react to emotions or feelings of others.

 

Please talk to our therapist to help you explore a possible dual assessment as well as therapeutic support so you can work to improve your coping skills when your ASD and/or ADHD get in the way of living your best life.