Poor response to standard ADHD treatments is possible.
Children with autistic spectrum disorders and ADHD symptoms may respond poorly to standard ADHD treatments or have increased side effects.12 However, it is appropriate to try standard treatments, including stimulants. Referral to a child psychiatrist may be considered if the patient does not respond adequately, but this is not necessary as the first step.
REFERENCES 12. Reiersen AM, Todd RD. Co-occurrence of ADHD and autism spectrum disorders: phenomenology and treatment. Expert Rev Neurother 2008;8:657–69.
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