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Speech Fluidity Question?

Does you child have trouble expressing his/her ideas in an intelligible way?

We found that Y. is almost ‘stuttering’ but not so much on words as on to getting his story out. Lately it seems to be getting worse.

Obviously, ADHD would make someone try to talk as fast as they think, which may be difficult to achieve when thoughts are racing. However we are wondering why this would get worse. Often Y.‘s closes his eyes and makes faces while he concentrate trying to get the words/ideas out.

He had an early speech delay and has some word retrieval difficulties that the school speech therapist has labelled as mild.

We are worried that if Y. makes this faces in front of his peers, they would certainly make fun of it. Also,  they may get frustrated trying to wait for or figure out what the story is about!

Anyone has insight on speech fluidity? Whether it is inherent to ADHD or possibly something else?


My son has severe speech delays so it is sometimes hard to understand him but he is getting better. He receives speech at school.

Posted by mdasch on May 17, 2014 at 11:58pm

What you are describing can be found in those of us who have ADHD only—no associated, additional speech/language problems.

Posted by BC on May 18, 2014 at 12:16am

Our son had this problem.  When he was little, he would repeat the first half of a sentence anywhere from 3 up to 20 times before being able to get the second half of the sentence out.  It got a little better as he got into elementary school, (or perhaps he just became quieter and quieter) but was still pretty noticeable.  It was also pretty hard to understand him.  We had him evaluated by a speech therapist in 2nd or 3rd grade.  She told us he was ABLE to make all the sounds, but just wasn’t enunciating (sp?) at all times. 
Due to school issues, we had him tested, and he was diagnosed with Inattentive ADD.  We put him on meds, and his speech improved immediately and significantly.  (It was improved when he was on the meds, but then sometimes regressed as the meds wore off at night.)
He just graduated from high school.  Still needs meds if he does anything that requires “brainpower”, but has learned to enunciate, and made funny speeches in school, and doesn’t really remember how hard speaking and being understood was when he was younger.

Posted by EW on May 18, 2014 at 8:49pm

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