Why do children with ADHD & Dyslexia have difficulty communicating?
Children with Dyslexia or ADHD often have difficulty communicating with their parents, teachers or friends. These communication difficulties can occur at home or school. Your child may have expressive language difficulties.
This is common in children with Dyslexia, ADHD or other learning difficulties. Please read below for more researched information about Dyslexia, ADHD and expressive language.
Early intervention has been proven to help children overcome expressive language issues and continue to advance. The staff at Focused Education hope you find this information useful.
What is expressive language?
Expressive Language is the act of communicating through speaking. It deals with the means of communication through talking, words, and sentences. Children, at a young age, learn a lot about language and how to join words to form sentences. They learn the correct use of verb tense and other grammar rules such as using plural nouns, etc. Expressive language does not deal with speech sounds, pronunciation, or speech therapy.
What is an expressive language difficulty?
Difficulty with expressive language can be hard on a child with ADHD or Dyslexia, as their means of communication cannot be understood. They may also receive a lot of correction from Perth parents and teachers, but cannot grasp the concepts presented to them.
How do toddlers develop a communication problem?
A child can experience difficultly in many aspects of expressive language, or in just one or a few areas. Many of the symptoms can evolve as a child ages and learns more.
The symptoms can also vary slightly from child to child, so the child must be carefully diagnosed. If a child experiences difficulty in one or any of the following areas, the issue of expressive language development may need to be addressed.
Signs & Symptoms of communication deficits in children
- Does not grasp grammar rules – i.e. confuses words like: is/are, me/I, go/going, run/ran
- Does not speak in full sentences, or in very short abrupt sentences.
- Does not combine words.
- Uses made up words as if they were real.
- Non-family members cannot understand child’s speech.
- Cannot hold conversations appropriate to age.
- Has a hard time thinking of the “right” word.
- Has a hard time writing and telling stories.
What are the causes of expressive language difficulties in ADHD children?
The specific causes for expressive language issues are not always able to be identified. One proven link is ADHD and it’s associated symptoms. There can be a number of factors that contribute to the underlying issue. Both nature and nurture play a role in developing or under developing skills for expressive language.
Does family history of ADHD affect expressive language?
On the nature side, if there is a family history with expressive language issues, there is a better chance that the child has inherited the tendency to have issues in this area. This is similar to how children with Dyslexia or ADHD often inherit their symptoms. It can also have a lot to do with the rate at which the child is developing. As for nurture, factors such as exposure to language and personality can impact the growth and ability of expressive language.
How to help a child with ADHD express their feelings, thoughts and emotions.
Our Speech Pathologist team have developed specifically designed programs for children with learning difficulties such as ADHD and Dyslexia.
They are specifically trained to assess and treat your child’s communication difficulties at Perth’s Focused Education. To make the best choice for your child, don’t wait to bring them in to be assessed.
Early intervention for communication can help overcome your child’s challenges.
In general, these difficulties with language do not just ‘go away’ without therapist help. It becomes very difficult for children when they are struggling, and they may start to become angry and resist homework and other assignments. This is because it is simply hard for them, and they do not know enough to identify the problem. A parent does not cause their child to have these difficulties, but they can help them immensely by getting them the proper help.
We invite you to call our reception team to discuss your child’s speech and language development needs on:
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