University of Waterloo Canadian researchers suggests people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may face challenges when communicating and interacting with other people.“In conversation, individuals need to pay attention to the knowledge and perspective of one another,” said Professor Elizabeth Nilsen, Ph.D., co-author of the studies published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing and the Journal of Attention Disorders.
“These studies suggest the more severe ADHD symptoms individuals have, the less they use the perspective of the speaker to guide their interpretation of basic statements,” said Nilsen. “Social skills training programs for children with ADHD often don’t show substantial benefits when children return to their social environments.”
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, these important findings must be followed up to evaluate possible perspective improvements on concentration enhancing medications. Since Biederman’s Harvard studies showed that ADHD was comorbid with mild autistic traits (AT’s) in 20% of cases, it is crucial to determine an ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) determinant to the impaired social and communication skills. Because Levinson noted a high overlapping of ADHD with dyslexia, it is also vital to determine the presence of subclinical speech and central auditory processing problems of cerebellar origin.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.
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Source: University of Waterloo