You may have heard about attention deficit disorder (ADD) and how it can affect classroom performance. But did you know ADD can affect communication and social skills as well? For this reason, children who have been diagnosed with ADD often receive services from a speech-language pathologist. Last week we talked about some of the ways speech therapy can help a child with ADD succeed in academic and social situations. Today we continue our conversation about how a speech therapist can help a child with ADD:
- Social Language Skills: Because a child with ADD is easily distracted, it can be difficult for them to focus on what a conversation partner is saying to them. This can negatively affect friendships and create social issues for the child. A speech-language pathologist will help the child develop strategies to better focus during conversation, and help keep conversational flow balanced.
- Recognizing Non-Verbal Cues: Increased distraction can also make it difficult for a child with ADD to focus and read the non-verbal cues of conversation partners. This makes it hard for them to pick up on the signs that tell us when a conversation partner is confused or annoyed. Speech therapy sessions often address learning to focus on and interpret things like facial expression, eye contact, and position.
- Classroom Carryover Skills: A speech-language pathologist will often provide a child with ADD external support strategies that they can use in the classroom. For example, repeating directions aloud before following them, and creating aids like visual organizers and checklists to help focus on classwork.
Do you know a child with ADD/ADHD? What have been some of your biggest challenges and how have you overcome them? Share your story in the comments section below!
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Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/adhd.htm