Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-Inattentive Type is more commonly called ADD. It is a disruptive behavior disorder whose symptoms include:
• Trouble sustaining mental effort
• Repeated mistakes
• Frequent loss of belongings
• Daydreaming or spaciness
Symptoms of ADD may start as early as kindergarten, where the child has trouble playing quietly, sharing toys, taking his nap, and listening. As the ADD child moves into the second, third, and fourth grade, the symptoms become more apparent, with their greatest impact seen in the classroom and during homework. Incomplete work, lying about having homework, tantrums, procrastinating, sloppy work, and losing the necessary homework items are almost daily occurrences.
Although the exact numbers are not known, it is quite common to see ADD coexist with Asperger’s Disorder. It is also not unusual for the two disorders to be mistaken for one another. The inattentiveness, daydreaming, and high distractibility of ADD can mimic the lack of interest and empathy for others seen in Asperger’s Disorder. Additionally, because most children with ADD have poor social skills, as a matter of course Asperger’s Disorder is not often considered as a coexisting disorder. If your child is diagnosed with ADD, it is important that the doctor also assess for Asperger’s Disorder.