Actually, in attempt to make sense of this, i did a bit of googling-questions like- ' how is ADHD distinguishable from language disorder in a clinicial setting'. Despite several attempts and rephrasing, i didnt get any answers to that particular question, but i did get alot of articles that talked about the co morbidity of ADHD and language disorders-up to 60% of kids with ADHD have language disorders. That is very surprising the me, and the first time i have heard that. This especially so because one of the common adhd symptoms is a kid speaking in class too much, or too actively participating in discussions. Ie, someone who has a good language skills, but weak self control. Noone has ever mentioned that so many adhd kids have language issues .Certainly not any of the specialists or school personel. In other words, the fact that my son has disorders related to language is almost a give away that he has adhd.
You would think, that given this high statistic, the correlation would be better known. For eg, if your 2yo has a speech delay, watch out for adhd symptoms as well....
Nowhere, and i have been at this for a couple of days- have i come across anything that offers tips on how one would distinguish language disorders from adhd. Not one article. Just a scant mention that there were subjects with adhd, and subjects without.
Given that langauge disorders look like adhd, (become fidgety in verbal environment, have trouble following spoken language, not remembering what is said-it all looks like not paying attention), you would think more has been discussed on the subject.
I still havent got a detailed reply from the neuropsych, but she did mention that my DS lost interest in things, and fidgted alot and that she felt she had adhd. I did ask for more specifics, for eg, what tests did my son do, that actually differentiated symptoms of language disorders from true adhd, but havent got a reply yet.
There was mention in one article that certain adhd medications also improved language performance...but this seemed to be contraversial. It ws also only mentioned in the context that the subject definitely had ADHD and language disorder together.
Edited by contactmaya - 2/2/14 at 2:13pm