ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorderare are learning disabilities which are characterized by difficulty paying attention, and in some cases acting impulsively and displaying hyperactivity. Individuals with ADD/ADHD may at times over-focus on things such as: topics of particular interest to them, minute details, and/or every thought in their head. This makes it very challenging for them to pay attention, process and learn new information that is being taught to them.
Individuals with ADHD can also struggle with emotional self-regulation. This may present as behavioural challenges and negatively impact social experiences and opportunities. In addition to the non-stop movement and fidgeting that some people with ADHD experience, they may also talk non-stop, interrupt others, and have trouble attending to what is being said to them. This can present as social skill deficits and comprehension/receptive language difficulties.
A Speech-Language Pathologist can assess an individual's communication skills, develop an individualized treatment plan, and provide therapy to assist them in achieving their full communication, social and academic potential.