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Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD

Autism diagnosis at 14
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Hello.  My son is 14 and was diagnosed with ADHD at 6. Just last week we also received an autism diagnosis.  While I suspected this for years, no one really took me seriously when I brought it up and then I decided that the professional knew more than me…i am still learning to trust my mama bear instincts! We are new to the game and happy but overwhelmed with where to start with all of the resources available - particularly with school. One thing my husband and I would like to do is put some structure around our weekends as we think this will help all of us. We also have an 11 year old daughter and it seems our weekends are centered around battling electronics.  We have ruled in place and limits on devices but it doesn’t stop the whining and crying and begging for more time. I have to admit, we have gotten tired and haven’t been able to really get a handle on all of this. We are ready to reboot now with a structure,  giving us all specific chores as a family,  family time and free time. Does anyone have scheduled that they are willing to share? I think this structure would really help my boy as transition are really hard. Thank for your input and support as we jump into new territory!

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My son’s story is similar: diagnosed with ADHD at age 6, diagnosed with autism at age 12, after a lot of fighting to follow my momma instincts.

My son is also very into computer games. Through that interest is how he finally made real, true friends, at age 14. So, in light of that, I am more lenient on computer time than a lot of families.

If you’re looking to structure weekends, I’d be sure to schedule time to be active, to spend with the family, and to spend on the things that make him feel successful and in his element, like electronics. If you take away the time he feels happy, socially accepted, and successful, the rest of your time will be greatly and negatively impacted.

https://www.additudemag.com/download/adhd-schedules-family-routines/

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 16, 2017 at 9:01pm

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