Language Disorders and ADHD

One symptom in children and teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can set off a chain reaction into every area of their lives. Speech language pathologist, Philippa Greathead, has found the following among adolescents with ADHD.

The types of language problems experienced by children with ADHD are varied and can cover all the modalities of language. Typically problems are seen in:

Syntax:
Disorders of syntax (oral and written grammar) are difficulties using and/or comprehending the structural components of sentences.

Semantics:
Semantic difficulties in language involve problems with word meanings and organization. School problems include difficulties comprehending written and spoken language, poor vocabulary, word-finding difficulties and difficulties using context to help with the comprehension of reading.

Pragmatics:
Pragmatics is the term used for the social use of language – i.e. the ability to use language as a means to interact with others socially or for a specific purpose (e.g. requesting information, expressing feelings, holding a conversation with people of different age levels).

Metalinguistics:
This is the ability to reflect on language objectively – to know and understand that language is a rule-bound code – e.g. humour, multimeaning in words, ambiguity, figurative language (metaphors etc), ability to segment words into syllables or phonemes (sounds).

Communication is the most important factor in any relationship. As previously posted in our blog, individuals experiencing symptoms and traits of ADHD have difficulty building and maintaining relationships. The Conquer Program was created, by NeuroFit professionals, with this trait in mind. The social skills and executive functioning portion was designed to create new friendships among the participants through the skills they learn in their group sessions. During the physical therapy portion of the program, children will be able to put their skills to practice as they interact with the other children. Each session conveniently takes place at VOLT FITNESS in Glen Rock on the Ridgewood border. If you would like to know more information, or if you would like to enroll your child or teen, please visit us at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or give us a call at (201) 857-4768. Enroll now because space is limited. We look forward to hearing from you!

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