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ADHD, language and communication

When a child or young person has a diagnosis of ADHD, their language skills can be affected. Challenges with concentration, auditory memory, organisational skills and impulsivity all have an impact on how a child’s language develops. Their language development is also influenced by how the child/young person responds to language and interaction around them.

These children will also be easily distracted in busy environments, so their challenges with processing information may be more noticeable in a classroom situation.  Children will also struggle more when demands on their concentration are increased, such as during a lesson.

Not all children/ young people with ADHD have language differences, and the types of language differences seen in ADHD can also be seen in those without ADHD.

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