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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 manifestations in at-risk school-aged children. This updated 120 slide presentation discusses the causes of hyperactivity, overactivity, and inattentiveness in children beyond the ADHD diagnosis. It will address select a variety of conditions which may mimic symptoms, including medical diagnoses, traumatic brain injury, language and literacy disorders,  acquired genetic disorders, as well as psychiatric disorders with similar symptomology.

Participants will be able to identify which standardized and clinical assessment batteries can be used for the determination of language related-deficits.

Finally, treatment options, accommodations, modifications and compensatory strategies to improve affected performance in social and academic settings, will also be provided to participants.

  • At the completion of this presentation participants will be able to:

1.List core symptoms of ADHD as listed in DSM-5 and interpret them through the differential diagnostic lens

2.Describe which disorders have similar symptoms as ADHD

3.Identify select standardized and clinical assessment batteries  useful for students with ADHD

4.Review select EBP treatment approaches and describe their utility

5.List compensatory strategies for intervention purposes

6.List useful accommodations and environmental modifications for students with ADHD to improve focus in therapy sessions

It contains information on the following

  • Overview of ADHD
  • Core Symptoms
    • Inattention
    • Hyperactivity
    • Impulsivity
  • More on ADHD as per DSM-5
  • Functional Consequences of ADHD
  • ADHD Statistics
  • ADHD Management
    • Psychostimulants
  • ADHD Pharmacotherapy
  • Overdiagnosis of ADHD in Children and Adolescents
  • At-Risk Populations Who Can Display ADHD Symptomology
  • Early Life Adversity and Maltreatment
  • Validity of Stand-Alone Diagnosis?
  • ADHD Current State of the Field
  • Risk of Misdiagnosis?
  • Disorders Frequently Mistaken for ADHD
  • Select 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
  • Assessment Considerations
  • On the inclusion of students with disabilities in the normative samples
  • Comprehensive Assessment: Language and Literacy
  • Assessment Tasks and What They Measure
  • Assessing Subtle Deficits
  • Assessing Metalinguistic Abilities
  • Assessing Semantic Flexibility Skills
  • Assessing Narrative Abilities
  • Assessing Social Communication
  • Assessing Reading Abilities
  • Assessing Writing Abilities
  • Goal Target Selection
  • Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches
    • Contextualized Language Intervention
      • Use of Fractured Fairy Tales in Therapy
    • Video Analysis
      • Video Learning Squad
  • Disciplinary Literacy Intervention

    • Teaching Reading Comprehension for Science
  • Goal Functionality
  • Maintaining Factions
    • Cognitive
    • Sensorimotor
    • Psychosocial
    • Linguistic
  • Goal Related Modifications
    • Physical Space
    • Session Structure
    • Behavior
    • Session Materials
  • Complexity vs. Difficulty
  • Linguistic  and Nonlinguistic Contexts
  • Prompts vs. Cues
  • Types of Cues
  • Types of Prompts
  • Levels of Support
  • Instructional Accommodations to Improve Behavior
  • Multidisciplinary approach for evaluation and management of ADHD
  • Relevance and Implications for speech pathologists
  • Helpful Resources

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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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