In our last two blogs, we’ve addressed how attention deficit disorder can persist into adulthood and how a speech-language pathologist can help mitigate some of the effects of the disorder through personalized speech therapy. As September is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month, we’ll continue to discuss the disorder, focusing this week on how ADHD can affect the lives of children.
There’s a reason ADHD Awareness Month coincides with the beginning of the school year: a child with the disorder typically experiences a range of difficulties in the classroom. A teacher who is not fully aware of how ADHD affects a child may simply assume the student lazy, disruptive, or unintelligent. In order for a teacher to properly understand a child with ADHD and how to manage their education, they must first understand the disorder.
The main characteristics of ADHD are inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The degrees to which each of these traits appear depends on the nature of the individual and his or her disorder. Some children present as primarily distracted and inattentive, seeming dreamy and absent. Others are primarily hyperactive, unable to sit still and constantly jumping between topics and activities.
One route for helping children with ADHD to communicate and perform effectively in school is employing the services of a speech-language pathologist. The speech therapist will perform an evaluation to help determine the child’s individual strengths and weaknesses and how they affect their communication. The speech therapist will then help the student to develop strategies to improve their ability to filter out distractions and maintain concentration. A speech-language pathologist may also provide strategies for improving conversational and social skills.
Next week, we’ll continue talking about ADHD and focus on some of the types of behavior modification and strategies that may be helpful in managing the disorder.
Do you or a loved one live with ADHD? Seek out the help of a speech-language pathologist and learn how speech therapy can boost communication and foster all around success in academic and social situations. Visit us at www.speechassociatesofny.com to find a speech-language pathologist who can help you make the most of your speech and communication.