ADHD and Dyslexia

ADHD and Dyslexia: Understanding the similarities, separating the diagnoses About 30% of those with dyslexia also have coexisting ADHD. Though the two diagnoses are different, they share many characteristics including:

Difficulty paying attention

Avoiding reading

Dysfluent reading

Deriving little pleasure from reading

Handwriting struggles

Problems with spelling, grammar, proofreading, and organization

While similar in nature in the years, the two disorders are evaluated and diagnosed very differently. ADHD is based on family history, medical background, interviews, and a full psychological exam. A diagnosis of dyslexia requires a full psycho-educational evaluation. Dr. Karen Dakin and Dr. Gerald Erenberg wrote the Fact Sheet, “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dyslexia” to address the link between the two diagnoses. Check out the Fact Sheet to learn about what to look for in a diagnosis, how parents can assist kids, and what to expect during adolescence.

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