Q: My 4-year-old grandson has a diagnosis of ADHD and Aspergers. He tantrums at school, screams and throws things. I'm wondering if Aspergers is making him appear ADHD.
He can color for 20 minutes or so - sitting at the kitchen table while I'm cooking. He does puzzles, plays games, plays blocks, trains - for long periods of time with us, his cousin, or by himself. Will this just sort itself out as he continues therapy and doc visits? I'm concerned about over-medicating for one thing when the other is more accurate.
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I am not a medical professional and would not be able to give you medical advice or tell you whether your grandson's diagnosis is correct or incorrect.
If you have a question about the diagnosis, you should be able to request a second opinon. You may want to contact your insurance company to find out the regulations concerning payments for second opinions.
I can tell you that Asperger's syndrome and ADHD symptoms do sometimes overlap, making it difficult to distinguish the different disorders. I would suggest making sure your grandson is being seen by a specialist, someone who is familiar with both ADHD and Asperger's that would be able to complete a thorough evaluation.
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