Repetitive Speech


"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).

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 clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as 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.
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