Terry, Has there been any research done that you know of that links ADHD/ADD to Autism? I am beginning to realize that many of the symptoms of ADHD/ADD are VERY similar to autism only less severe.
It's always been my personal theory, since I learned that I might have ADD and that my oldest son has autism, that ADD and autism are related. I understand my son's sensitivities to sounds. I understand his grumpiness when he's hungry and/or tired. And I understand why he does some of the seemingly strange things that he does whereas "nomal people" don't get him. I have always felt that I was a go-between translating my sons' behaviors to "normal-types." Not only because I'm his mother, but because I can see and feel everything from his perspective only without the severity of it.
I am easily startled by loud sounds and I get grumpy if there's a lot of noise in my house. So does my son. I can only stand the simulation of public places for a few hours, he's the same way, etc.
What do you think of the theory that ADD and autism are related?
Sorry it's taken so long to respond to your question. I participated in the Danskin Mini Triathlon a few years ago and this photo is of me (to the far left) under our training team's tent, after the race. I have no motivation to exercise whatsoever, but there was a very structured training program that I took part in (I knew it would get me to exercise!) and in the end....I swam 1/2 a mile, biked 12 miles and ran 3 miles! Thanks for asking!