Ask the Expert:
When Smart Children, Teens, and Young Adults
on the Autism Spectrum Have ADHD
Featuring Thomas E. Brown, PhD
More than half of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder also have ADHD. Yet often their ADHD is overlooked and not adequately treated, because many clinicians and educators recognize ASD but do not see ADHD. This is especially true for those children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum whose IQ is average or above average.
Psychologist Thomas E. Brown offers examples of children, teens, and young adults on the spectrum who have average or above average smarts and have ADHD. He will describe how such individuals can be provided assessments and helpful treatment for ADHD.
Thomas E. Brown, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD and related problems. He served as associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders from its inception until 2017. After serving on the clinical faculty of the Yale Medical School for twenty years, Dr. Brown accepted an appointment as adjunct clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. The Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders opened in Manhattan Beach, California, in June 2017.
Dr. Brown was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to research and professional education about ADHD in children and adults. He also received an award of honor from the Attention Deficit Disorder Association and a Distinguished Professional award from the HELP Group in Los Angeles. He has published more than thirty scientific articles in professional journals and is author of the Brown Executive Function/Attention Rating Scales (formerly The Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales).