The speech-language pathologist has the necessary skills to actively participate in the diagnostic and intervention phases of the treatment of children with ADHD. Many of the behaviors that define ADHD are directly related to communication. Some children with ADHD also have learning problems. Others need help with social skills.
An SLP can help your child resolve social, speech, and language problems. The SLP can help your child learn to plan and organize themselves to do homework. Your child may need to learn to take turns and to pay attention when talking to others. The SLP will also work with your child's teacher to find ways to help them in class.
They may need to sit at the front of the class. Or maybe they need to use checklists or planners to stay organized. The SLP can work in the classroom to help your child. Speech-language pathologists don't diagnose ADHD, but they usually treat children who have ADHD and language delays and disorders.
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often have problems and delays in speech, language, and communication. Speech and language therapy is very beneficial in improving, supporting and developing any speech, language, or communication difficulties. These combined characteristics are often more severe and chronic than what is normally seen in normal development and must persist for at least 6 months to meet the criteria for this diagnosis. This is not a diagnostic tool, however, it can provide valuable information to share with your pediatrician or a qualified specialist regarding your concerns and observations.
A qualified specialist, such as a clinical psychologist or a neuropsychologist, would determine the diagnosis based on multiple factors.