How ADHD Impacts Your Child’s Communication Skills – and 11 Ways to Help

We don’t talk enough about ADHD and its impact on communication in children – which is surprising when we consider, for one, that the following core symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are directly tied to communication:

  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Often blurts out answers
  • Often talks excessively
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others

Exacerbated by other aspects of ADHD – like executive dysfunction and emotional dysregulation – communication problems are common, and often result in misunderstandings, reactivity, conflict and stress at home, and problems in school.

To address these challenges, we can follow a three-step approach to improve communication skills for kids with ADHD:

  • Understand ADHD’s link to communication problems
  • Treat and support ADHD (and any co-occurring conditions)
  • Implement strategies that are known to facilitate language skills and communication – from instilling a love of books to streamlining verbal instructions.

Kathleen Notes: Parents are on the front lines in this battle, teachers and others can really help, too!

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