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ADHD is a lifelong brain disorder that makes it hard for a person to pay attention. Some people with ADHD have trouble sitting still or controlling their behavior.
The exact cause of ADHD is unknown. The most likely cause is genetics. Many children with ADHD have a family history of the disorder.
A person with ADHD may show some of the following signs:
Your child's doctor will test your child for ADHD. Your doctor will want information from others, like you and his teacher. Your child's school may test him to see what help he needs in class. An SLP may test your child to see if he has speech, language, or social problems.
The SLP may:
Each child with ADHD has different needs. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help your child pay attention. You will learn about possible side effects.
Some children with ADHD also have learning disabilities. Others need help with social skills. An SLP can work with your child on speech, language, and social problems. The SLP can help your child learn how to plan and organize to get tasks done. Your child may need to learn how to take turns and pay attention when talking to others. The SLP will also work with your child's teacher to find ways to help him in class. He may need to sit in the front of the class. Or, he may need to use checklists or planners to stay organized. The SLP can work in the classroom to help your child.
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