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A hyperactive boy with poor focus was misdiagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactive disorder before he was finally correctly diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome - a type of autism. When the boy was 3 he displayed autistic behaviors eg he stopped using language, demanded routine, was frightened by certain sounds and made circular motions. With the appropriate support, special education and medication to reduce help him focus, the boy learnt how to talk, interact with people and even excel in maths and sport. Reading and large crowds still pose problems for him.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Arizona Daily Sun
About: Autism misdiagnosed as ADHD
Date: 14 December 2004
Source: Arizona Daily Sun
Author: Larry Hendricks
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