When Smart Children, Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum have ADHDAsk The Expert

 February 15, 2023 2:00 PM, EST


Thomas E. Brown PhD

More than half of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 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 spectrum whose IQ is average or above average. A Harvard study of 107 children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder found that 76% of those who had IQ scores within or above the average range also fully met diagnostic criteria for ADHD, but 41% of those youths had never received appropriate assessment or treatment for their ADHD.

A study at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia demonstrated that children on the autism spectrum who exhibit symptoms of ADHD, even if they do not fully meet diagnostic criteria for ADHD, tend to have significantly more difficulty with adaptive behavior in school, home, and community and tend to benefit from ADHD treatment. He is the author of ADHD and Asperger Syndrome in Smart Kids and Adults.

Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • List examples of children, teens, and young adults on the spectrum who have average or above-average smarts and have ADHD.
  • Describe how such youths can be provided with assessments and helpful treatment for ADHD.

Speaker:

Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He specializes in the assessment & treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents & adults with ADHD & related problems.

The Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders opened in Manhattan Beach, CA in June 2017.

For over 30 years, Dr. Brown maintained an independent clinical practice in Hamden, CT. He also served as Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders from its inception until 2017. After serving on the clinical faculty of the Yale Medical School for 20 years, Dr. Brown resigned to accept an appointment as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

In response to invitations, Dr. Brown has given lectures, workshops, or grand rounds at hospitals, medical schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, public school systems, and at advocacy, business and professional groups throughout the United States. He has also presented workshops at international meetings of professionals in over 40 countries.

​Dr. Brown’s research interests and publications include the assessment and treatment of ADHD, especially in persons with high IQ; executive function and memory impairments in ADHD; overlap of ADHD and learning disorders, use of combined medications for ADHD comorbidities, and problems of sleep and awakening in ADHD.

For his research and teaching about ADHD Dr. Brown received an award of honor from the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association and a Distinguished Professional award from the HELP Group in Los Angeles. He has been inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to research and professional education about ADHD in children and adults. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

​He has published more than 30 scientific articles in professional journals and is the author of the Brown Executive Function/Attention Rating Scales (formerly: The Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales) published by The Psychological Corporation/Pearson.

He is the author of 6 books and the editor for ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults, a major text and reference work published by American Psychiatric Publishing.​

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