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  • Lori Melnitsky

Is There a Link Between ADHD and Stuttering?

Updated: Mar 21

Yes, there can be a link between stuttering and ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). It is an important topic to be addressed and one I see in many of clients I have worked with over 30 years.


The truth is if 8 year old Kayla is not focusing it is harder to retain new information. Often frustration occurs if not dealt with properly.


While stuttering and ADHD are distinct conditions, research suggests that they can co-occur in some individuals, indicating a potential relationship between the two.

Several studies have found a higher prevalence of ADHD symptoms among individuals who stutter compared to the general population.


For example, a study published in the Journal of Fluency Disorders (Reilly et al., 2009) found that children who stutter were more likely to exhibit ADHD symptoms than children who did not stutter. Similarly, another study published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (Rommel et al., 2017) reported a higher prevalence of ADHD in both children and adults who stutter. However, it is important to note that not all individuals who stutter have ADHD, and not all individuals with ADHD stutter.


The relationship between the two conditions is complex.


It is possible that some underlying factors or mechanisms may contribute to the co-occurrence of stuttering and ADHD in certain individuals, but more research is needed to establish a definitive link.


If you or someone you know is experiencing stuttering or ADHD symptoms, it is recommended to consult with healthcare professionals such as speech-language pathologists and psychiatrists who can provide a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate management strategies tailored to the individual's needs.


Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP is a certified ADHD Coach, Parent of a young adult with ADHD and a person who stutters who is a speech pathologist

www.allislandspeech.com

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