Fleeting Attention

Tim Brewer
Nov 13, 2018 · 1 min read

Hey there! It’s been awhile, right?

So let me hit you up on another topic from the world of autism. It’s an affect that will lead many times to an autistic person getting misdiagnosed as having ADHD. That’s the fleeting attention span.

As autistic people, we can focus intensely on certain things. We can do this for a long time. Then, just as quickly as we focus, we drop it.

It’s just amazing how out the blue both this focus and lack of focus can be.

(Side note: Some autistic people, like me, do have ADHD. I can attest it is a different feeling and issue than what I just described. But not all of us have ADHD. There is just as much diversity in the autistic community as there is outside of it.)


Originally published at The VoiceOver.

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