The CDC estimates almost 10% of all American children have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. This module presents speech-language pathologists with an overview of ADHD with a focus on the impact of this condition on pediatric practice. Learners will understand the signs and symptoms of ADHD and will be able to discriminate ADHD from other diagnoses often mislabeled as ADHD, such as bipolar disorder and anxiety. Effective techniques will be presented for the therapist to employ or recommend to parents for children with ADHD.
Introductory Level; Related Area Level
0.10 ASHA CEUs
Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: ADHD: An Executive Function Disorder
What is ADHD?
Presentations of ADHD
ADHD and Executive Functions
Academic Performance and Executive Functions
Social Pragmatic Communication and Executive Functions
Section 3: ADHD and Co-occurring Conditions
Autism Spectrum Disorder
ADHD and Bipolar Disorder
ADHD and Central Auditory Processing Disorder
ADHD and Specific Language Impairment
Section 4: SLP-Mediated Treatments for ADHD
Treatment for ADHD
Get Ready, Do, Done Model
Section 5: Conclusion
Exam and BrainSparks
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a contributorExpert Reviewer: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L
Laurel Koss MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic and neurology, long term care, rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputee care, orthotics and prosthetics, and research and development. Laurel has been an adjunct professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently the lead occupational therapy writer for the Rehab team with Relias. Disclosure: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Tara Blizzard, M.A., CCC-SLP
Expert Reviewer: Sherri Bosely, MA, CCC-SLP
Tara attended the University of Connecticut, where she received her B.A. in Communication Disorders and her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology. She currently works for Care First/ Aveanna Healthcare, providing speech and language evaluations and treatments to pediatric patients in the home environment. She also has extensive experience in the school setting and skilled nursing facilities.Disclosure: Tara Blizzard, M.A., CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Sherri Bosely, MA, CCC-SLP attended East Carolina University and completed her Speech Language Pathology degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Sherri has 20 years of experience working in both clinical and school-based settings. She has extensive training and experience working with children aged 2-15 with a variety of diagnoses and disabilities (ex., Anxiety, Autism, ADHD, Apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Emotional Disabilities, Stuttering, etc.). She is certified in Language Acquisition and Motor Planning (LAMP) for augmentative and alternative communication. Sherri is currently a school-based speech language pathologist within Wake County Public School System. Disclosure: Sherri Bosely, MA, CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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