Repetitive Speech

Filed Under: ADHD Medication and Children, Side Effects of ADHD Meds

Q:

"When my 6-year-old son talks to someone, he will get part of the way through a sentence, then start over again. Is this due to his stimulant medicine, his ADD, or something else?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

If you don't remember your son having this problem before he went on the medication, ask his physician to stop the meds temporarily. If the problem goes away, another medication or a lower dose is needed. If the language problem persists, it seems that it was evolving independently of the medication. In this case, he needs to see a speech-language pathologist as soon as possible. [Search for one at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Web site.]

Don't delay. Find out what is causing this problem and address it quickly.

Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
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