Study Finds ADHD Traits in Children who Stutter
[Source: News-Medical.net via Special Ed Post.com]
Over half of school-age children who stutter (CWS) have sufficient attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms to warrant referral for clinical evaluation, the results of a US study of parental reports indicates.
“From a clinical perspective, the identification of coexisting ADHD traits in CWS is vitally important because these subgroups of children will require a different type of intervention from those children who present with stuttering alone,” explain Joseph Donaher, from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and co-authors.
“This suggestion is particularly relevant considering [findings] that the presence of ADHD-like traits can reduce clinical outcomes for people who stutter.”
They add: “Conversely, these findings also suggested that clinical outcomes can be enhanced by addressing attention skills prior to implementing speech therapy for CWS. Thus, if clinicians can identify specific ADHD traits that appear problematic for an individual, they may be able to design interventions that account for these weaknesses.”
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