ADHD and Autism

This week I’ve been updating my knowledge with some CPD (continuous professional development) on Autism and ADHD.

I thought it might be nice to review it here for you.

Firstly I have learnt the basic signs or symptoms of ADHD – inattention, hyperactivity, impulsive, emotional, lots of constant intrusive thoughts, overwhelmed, lack of detail focus/orientation, lack of order, relational difficulties, impulsive behaviour, outgoing, confident, sport/physically active, in attentive.

This is usually treated with medication and person centred integrated care services to tailor the interventions to the individual and their family.

And the basic signs or symptoms of Autism (which now includes Asperger’s syndrome – they are no longer classified as separate) – various degrees of impairment, verbal and nonverbal, social, educational, resistant to change, sensory overload, distant, inner focus, highly intelligent, hyper focused, repetitive activities, tics/repetitive movements, compulsive behaviours, struggles with social interaction and non-verbal communication, creativity, innovative.

This is usually treated without medication and person centred integrated care services to tailor the interventions to the individual and their family.

Some really useful link I have found are the NICE guidelines for ADHD NICE guideline NG87

NICE guideline NG87
NICE guideline QS39

And Autism

NICE guideline QS51
NICE guideline CG142
NICE guideline CG170

Finally I found the Government autism review really useful. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/think-autism-an-update-to-the-government-adult-autism-strategy