September is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month. To help create awareness of what ADHD is and how if affects people every day, we’ve dedicated several blogs to discussing this disorder. In our last blog, we discussed the ways in which ADHD can affect a school-aged child’s academic performance. Today, we’ll discus some of the strategies that are used in speech therapy to manage the effects of this disorder.
Since the symptoms of ADHD often include issues with language, many individuals with ADHD seek out the professional guidance of speech-language pathologists, or speech therapists. As professionals in language, speech therapists are able to provide strategies for improving the child’s communication and academic performance. As no two children with ADHD are alike, speech therapy will focus on language goals specific to the child, based on their particular strengths and weaknesses.
One commonly addressed area of speech and language therapy for ADHD is improvement of social skills. Because of their difficulty focusing, children with ADHD often have atypical patterns of communication which can cause difficulty connecting with their peers. A speech-language pathologist may assist the child by providing strategies for maintaining a topic within a conversation and avoiding tangents. Since impulsivity accompanies ADHD, finding strategies for minimizing interruptions in conversation is also a common speech therapy goal. The speech therapist often will also include academic goals, such as organization strategies for the classroom, and ways to improve focus while reading academic material.
There is no cure for ADHD, but with the help of a trained professional such as a speech-language pathologists, the disorder can be managed and it’s challenges overcome. If you or a loved are struggling 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.