Hi There and welcome! This the second of a 9 part series on helping you out with all the terminology and acronyms associated with Autism. It’s good to be educated and informed. If you are new to the world of Autism, my goal is to help you out and hopefully not be so overwhelming. As a parent who been through it, I can relate and I want to make it easier on you. This week is the terms that might be familiar with a lot of people.
4. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) /Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD):
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/ADD is a disorder is that is diagnosed to include Inattentiveness and hyperactivity. Sometimes the child/adult can have either one, the other, or at times both.
Inattention signs can range from:
- distracted easily
- forgets daily tasks
- forgets where items are; i.e. homework, toys, etc.
- difficult time following instructions
- easily bored
- lack of organization
- does not pay attention to details
Personally, I am the inattentive type. I have most of these. Some more severe than others. My oldest son as well.
Hyperactivity signs can range from:
- constantly fidgets and is very squirmmy
- can’t stay in their seat
- Their “motor” never stops
- always on the go
- may talk a lot
- has a short temper
I am placing both ADHD and ADD together because ADD is a term no longer used. It has since been deleted from even being recognized as a disorder. Although it is still referred to commonly.
5. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):
This term is meant to encompass Autism as a disorder in every sense of the word. When a child or adult is “on the spectrum” it means that they have been diagnosed in one form or another with an Autism. It can be on many different levels. No one person is the same, hence the name “Spectrum.”
6. Behavior Modification:
Behavior Modification is crucial in helping your child cope with tantrums, meltdowns, aggressive behavior, communication and the like. It can also be a home program such as ABA Therapy taught by licensed BCBA Therapist.
Note: I mentioned in the first post of the series, that I would include ADD as a term. This is not the case. I have decided to leave it out because it is simply redundant.
Next time in the third part of the series, I will talk about:
Childhood Autism Rating Scale(CARS)
Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
Look for more in the future. Forgive if I am a little behind, I am creating an informational website to help “new” parents of Autism! Stay tuned. Meanwhile if you haven’t read the first in the series, go here.