Wordy Wednesday: Understanding ADHD

He’s there, he’s here, he’s everywhere. He is upside down on my couch, he is constantly kicking the band on his chair, he never. stops. moving. I was told time and time again that with the diagnosis of ASD, normally a diagnosis of ADHD is often assumed. It was with this understanding that we entered the public school system. However, it was this knowledge that even the most educated in the district over looks. It is common, but not, mandatory, that these two diagnosis’s be assumed as a pair. Often is the case that is hard to tell where the ASD stops and the ADHD begins. Which I have been told is why the diagnosis is assumed and normally not diagnosised dually. Why?

It is basically a double dx. If your child had ASD, it is assumed under the DSM that ADHD is also present. However, I ran into a huge problem in our educational system. Due to the fact ADHD was not literally on his iep paperwork, they would not treat my son as such. So instead they deemed him as having behavioral problems not associated with ASD. Back to the doctor we went and out we came with a diagnosis of ADHD.

It amazes me what has to be done to get the simple and average care for my child in school. When we turned in the letter from the doctor with his additional diagnosis, the school highly disagreed. They told us his teacher claims he is a model student and assists the other children when needed. There is no doubt in my mind he would. He is repeating kinder, he knows the route now and what to expect and knows what is expect of him. The bigger issue will come next year when he advances to first grade. Everything will be new, possibly including a new school, new state, new continent. What does surprise me is his physical behavior.

At home he is a enigerzeer bunny; no batteries needed. Why the rouse at school? People think I’m crazy, or that I have Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. But one day I saw something that made perfect sense and eased my worries about other peoples thoughts towards my kid.


After doing a little more research on the links between ASD and ADHD, I also learned there is more than just one type of ADHD that covers everyone. Learning more about different types and different reactions to ADHD has helped me better understand my son and ways to help him. I encourage you to do the same. It doesn’t matter the diagnosis, but educating yourself more will make you and your family feel more comfortable with any diagnosis.

Developers dive in to create a wealth of autism apps

I am a techie. I love electronics and can’t remember what it was like before my iPhone. Ok, I do remember having a pager! I read this article and have more hope now, then I did three years ago when my children were first diagnosed. With all the advancement in technology I believe we have made these advances not to just make our lives simpler but to help those we need it.

Diva did not talk until age 2. Now, at home, we can’t stop her. She may not always be understandable, but she talks and communicates. And I can’t help but wonder if we were able to have access to a iPad/iPod/iPhone if we have been able to speed up her progress by the help of apps to widen the bridge of communication. Here’s hope to the future and the progress I hope we can make for our children and our children’s children.


The Financial Costs Of Autism

I find our life situation to be blessing. Due to Hubs line of work, the insurance it provides covers all of our children’s therapists and doctors fees. We live in a area where the therapists either come to our home or have access to our children at school. However, I know when we move from here there are areas where the services won’t meet me at our door steps and that scares me. But after reading the following article I realize I should be thankful that we are not asked to pay any sizable amount out of pocket.

Following is a article published by Parade magazine about a family’s financial cost of having a child with Autism.

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How One Family Struggles with the Financial Costs of Autism