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ADHD & Children Who Stutter

Corrin Richels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

October 22, 2012

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Is progress in therapy typically reduced for children with stuttering who also have ADHD?

Answer

Yes.  The child would most likely have an impulsivity problem and the tendency to talk constantly.  Progress with children who have ADHD, who are having suboptimal effects from medication or are not on medication, will be lengthened in terms of teaching them the kinds of techniques that you want them to do.  A lot of stuttering therapy is about impulse control and having good inhibitory control in order to be able to change speech.  

Corrin Richels is an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Norfolk, VA. Her interests include the assessment, treatment, and systematic study of language disorders including childhood stuttering.


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Corrin Richels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Corrin G. Richels earned her Bachelor and Master of Science from James Madison University. She went on to earn a PhD in Speech and Hearing Science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN in May, 2004. She is an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Norfolk, VA. Her interests include the assessment, treatment, and systematic study of language disorders including childhood stuttering.

 


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