ADHD and Stuttering (Ep. 436)

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Joseph Donaher, Ph.D.

Joseph Donaher, Ph.D joins Peter Reitzes to discuss ADHD and stuttering.

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Show/Course Notes:

Title: ADHD and Stuttering

Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, the learner shall be able to:

  • Identify various ways in which Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can effect a child’s ability to communicate effectively.
  • Discuss the literature base regarding stuttering, disfluency and ADHD.
  • Describe intervention strategies based on specific speech patterns commonly demonstrated by children with ADHD.

Dr. Donaher was asked to analyze and discuss the disfluencies heard in this video featuring a 12 year old child with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Presenter Bio — Joseph Donaher, Ph.D., is the Academic and Research Program Director of the Center for Childhood Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Donaher is an Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at The University of Pennsylvania. He is a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders (Board Certified Specialist-Fluency, or BCS-F) and the editor of Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Dr. Donaher is the chair of the Research and Publications Committee of The International Fluency Association. His clinical and research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of school-age children who stutter.

Episode/Course Description: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by reduced attention, increased impulsivity and increased hyperactivity. Additionally, ADHD has been linked with excessive talking and frequent disfluencies. This discussion will introduce the key characteristics of ADHD, discuss the emerging literature on ADHD and stuttering and explore the impact on clinical intervention.


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