Co-occurring ASD and ADHD: Identification Considerations for School-Based Interdisciplinary Collaboration

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,2
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. distinguish between complex ASD and ADHD symptomology to determine how each contributes to a student’s functional impairment.
  2. use data-based evaluation decision-making within interdisciplinary teams to accurately identify impairing conditions related to co-occurring ASD and ADHD.
  3. apply interdisciplinary collaboration best practices to determine service eligibility and appropriate programming for students with co-occurring ASD and ADHD.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are two common neurodevelopmental disorders typically identified in childhood and adolescence. Both are increasingly prevalent, and co-occurrence is common. This may complicate both disability identification and eligibility determination necessary for school-based supports and services in either special or general education. This presentation gives an overview of challenges associated with co-occurring ASD and ADHD and offers empirically supported best practices for school psychologists to address student needs collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams.



Christian M. Stewart, University of Houston
Mycah L. Ayala, University of Houston


Sarah S. Mire, Kristen S. Hassett


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