ADHD and Language Skills

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Story Updated: Apr 22, 2014

Young children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder- or ADHD face a nearly 3-times greater risk for language problems compared to kids without the condition. That's the conclusion of new research just published in the journal Pediatrics.

The study followed nearly 400 children between the ages of 6 and 8. All attended mainstream schools and 179 were diagnosed with ADHD. Oral language tests and teacher reports revealed that about 40% of both boys and girls with ADHD had language problems. This compared with just 17% of non-ADHD children. Direct assessment and teacher reports further showed that kids with both ADHD and language problems were much more likely to run into academic trouble.

The combination of ADHD and language difficulties did not seem to lead to similar problems with socializing.

The study team suggested that their findings point to a greater need for language skill testing-to address the concerns of ADHD students whose educational performance falls behind.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news that can help keep your family healthy.

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