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Differential Diagnosis of ADHD in Speech Language Pathology

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—Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the most common presenting behavioral problems in at-risk children. This updated and expanded 60 slide presentation discusses causes of hyperactivity and inattentiveness in children and teenagers beyond the ADHD diagnosis.  It addresses select speech language conditions which may mimic ADHD, including traumatic brain injury, language processing disorders, severe language disorders, social communication as well as  learning deficits. —After it’s completion learners will be able to describe multiple speech language causes of inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity in at-risk children, as well as describe multidisciplinary approach for evaluation and management

Learning Objectives:

  • —List core symptoms of ADHD as listed in DSM-5
  • —Describe which disorders have similar symptoms as ADHD
  • —Discuss which language based conditions “mimic” the symptoms of ADHD
  • —Identify symptoms necessitating differential diagnosis from other health professionals
  • —Discuss recommendations for relevant referrals and related assessments in order to improve the students functioning in academic and school settings

It contains the information on the following

  • Overview of ADHD
  • At-Risk Populations Who Can Display ADHD Symptomology
  • Early Life Adversity and Maltreatment
  • Core Symptoms
    • Inattention
    • Hyperactivity
    • Impulsivity
  • More on ADHD as per DSM-5
  • Functional Consequences of ADHD
  • ADHD Statistics
  • ADHD Management
  • Is ADHD Real?
  • A few words on Psychostimulants
  • ADHD Pharmacotherapy
  • ADHD Current State of the Field
  • Risk of Misdiagnosis?
  • Disorders Frequently Mistaken for ADHD
  • Let’s Talk Differential Diagnosis
  • Select Language Based Disorders with ADHD like Symptoms
  • 5 Detailed Case Studies
  • Case Study Supporting Information
  • Collecting Differential Diagnosis Information
  • Background History Collection
  • Critical questions to ask the teacher
  • Red vs. Green Flags
  • Multidisciplinary approach for evaluation and management of ADHD
  • Relevance and Implications for speech pathologists
  • Helpful Resource

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1 review for Differential Diagnosis of ADHD in Speech Language Pathology

  1. Communication Station: Speech Therapy, PLLC

    This PPT is a very practical guide for SLPs to aid us in our differential diagnosis of speech and language deficits vs. ADHD. I really enjoy the explanations of the DSM criteria for ADHD hyperactive and inattentive types. BUT I also really love how Tatyana lists the numerous other deficits that present with similar behaviors.

    My favorite part of this PPT: the case studies that are presented; each child has a different deficit but similar behaviors to ADHD. You can test your own knowledge and clinical diagnostic skills to see if you are right in guessing each child’s diagnosis. Also I really like the practical information on what was targeted in therapy and for how long (frequency, duration, type of therapy setting) and the results.

    One more thing that I like: at the end of the presentation, Tatyana lists a number of checklists we can use to aid in our differential diagnosis.

    GREAT info! Very practical information that I know I will use often in the future!

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