ASD and ADHD are two separate and distinct disorders, but are neurodevelopment disorders that doctors and researchers group them together because they share relative features such like gastrointestinal difficulties, food allergies and immune system problems among others.
Autism is characterized by dysfunction in social interaction and communication and is associated with restrictive, repetitive, and stereotypic behaviors. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is a term used collectively to describe autism, Asperger’s and other autism-related disorders.
While attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavior disorder in children, displayed as a cluster of abnormal behaviors including attention deficit or inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, all of which impair the child’s ability to function. Brain researchers often classify ADHD into subtypes based on their dominant symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, or a combined type. Many of these experts consider there to be as many as six different types of ADHD.
Below are common challenges facing children with ADHD/ASD or those with neurodevelopment disorders, as noted by practicing healthcare providers and clinical research.
• Deficiencies in key nutrients
• Fatty acid abnormalities
• Hyper-sensitivities or intolerance to certain foods, including gluten found in some grains and casein from dairy products
• Gastrointestinal issues, including inflammatory and non-specific colitis
• Adverse responses to food additives, preservatives, artificial colors, and flavorings, sulfites, salicylates, and phenols
• Impaired excretion of mercury, resulting in accumulation of this neurotoxin.
• Persistence of pathogens: yeast, measles virus and anaerobic bacteria (clostridia species).
Most important of all if you notice something different with your child, like difficulties at school or home, to take note of it and make diary entries about their behavior and immediately consult a specialist to give you a professional opinion. But don’t just rely on one specialist, take second opinion or third opinion, because sometimes findings can be varied, it’s better that you have more than one opinion.
Realize that none of these is your fault, whatever happened to your child, so don’t put the blame on yourself. There is nothing that you could have done nor has it anything to do with the way that you have been looking after them. The causes of Autism are not yet known, but it certain that parenting does not cause Autistic spectrum disorders. Many children in all walks of life are affected by ASD regardless of social status or nationality.