10 Sep ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Comorbidity and Treatment

Dr. Almagor, Possibilities Director and President Elect of CADDRA will be presenting at this year’s CADDRA ADHD conference in Vancouver which runs October 16-18.

Seminar Abstract. In recent years the link between ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been recognized as an increasingly important issue for consideration in clinical practice and research. Clinicians have long recognized that individuals with ADHD frequently exhibit the same type of social deficits associated with ASD.

Conversely, individuals with ASD often display attention and hyperactivity issues common to ADHD. Neurobiological and genetic underpinnings linking these two disorders have been identified. The importance of recognizing commonalities will be examined. Methodology and issues associated with making comorbid diagnoses will be discussed. Treatment approaches will also be explored, including pharmacological trials and psychosocial strategies that acknowledge commonalities across these conditions.

Learning Objectives. After this presentation, participants will be better able to:

  1. Appreciate the differential diagnosis of ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  2. Assess issues and dilemmas in the diagnosis of comorbid ADHD and ASD.
  3. Discuss validated medical and psychosocial strategies in the treatment of comorbid ADHD and ASD.

Audience: Psychiatrists, family physicians, pediatricians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals

Knowledge Level: Intermediate, Advanced

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11th Annual CADDRA ADHD Conference