Ask the Expert - Children's Communication Challenges: Is It Attention, Language, or Both?

Wed, Jul 9, 2014 3:00 PM EDT 


Did you know that about 20-30 percent of children affected by ADHD struggle with language?

Or that up to 50 percent of students with Language Disorder also have ADHD? And that deficits in executive functioning impact both disorders?

Language disorders often share some of the same characteristics of attention disorders and can even be mistaken for one another. When this happens it’s very common for students to not receive effective interventions or educational supports. Linda Spencer

Dr. Linda E. Spencer will tease out the differences between ADHD and Language Disorder during Children’s Communication Challenges: Is it Attention, Language, or Both to help parents and other concerned adults to recognize which challenges with which their children are struggling. When the primary concern is ADHD, problems with language may incorrectly be attributed to the ADHD. Recognizing where the problems lay is an important part of any intervention.

Linda E. Spencer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist who has worked in public schools, colleges and universities. She has maintained a private practice in speech-language pathology for more than 20 years. Dr. Spencer has provided evaluations and direct intervention to children and adults with a variety of speech, language, voice and communication challenges. Currently, Dr. Spencer provides service as an independent evaluator of students with communication, speech and language disorders that affect their acquisition of educational and social skills.

Dr. Spencer is a member of the CHADD of Greater Baltimore Professional Advisory Board.




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