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[This article belongs to Volume - 26, Issue - 02]

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among Children with Speech and Language Difficulties

Speech sound disorders, language impairment, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder are developmental disorders that can significantly impact academic success. The comorbidity of these disorders may substantially add to the difficulties experienced by the child and require a combined treatment approach. (1) to assess sociodemographic characteristics of children’s with speech, language difficulties (2) to assess attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and speech, language difficulties (3) to identify the relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and speech language difficulties. A descriptive cross-sectional study design was carried out in Baghdad Teaching Hospital. A non- probability (purposive) study sample of (300) child, who attended Hearing and Speech Center for the period from 12/April/2023 to 25/January/2024. The Questionnaire which is composed of: Socio-demographic characteristics, scales of behavioral problem, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study results reveal that the children experiencing severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and that significant relationship have been reported among speech sound disorder with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at p-values= 0.046, also indicates that there was significant relationship among childhood apraxia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at p-values= 0.007. The children experience severe of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the significant relationship has been reported among speech sound disorder with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also indicates that there was significant relationship among childhood apraxia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. An intervention program to be planned accordingly and areas of deficit will be targeted in therapy. Liaison with parents and school teachers is indicated in order to achieve the child’s maximum potential.