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My 7 year old son has ADHD. He stopped talking when he was 2 years.
We tried all therapies like OT and speech but all in vain. His hearing and vocal chord is fine.
However 6 months back he started picking up songs. He can recite many songs not very clearly though. But strangely he cannot talk 1:1. Basically 1:1 conversation with me or his mother is totally missing. How come he is able to pick song but not conversation? We as a parent going nuts. What shall i do so that he can start conversing with us?
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Has your son been checked for autism? Loosing speech is more common in
autism spectrum disorder than in adhd. Also, a child may have both disorders.
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Let me be more clear. Actually My son got his speech 6 months back.
He can sing songs but not converse normally with us like Dad give me this or that. Thats what I meant with 1:1 conversation.
I am hoping that since he can sing songs now hence slowly he may start doing conversation also. Is that true? Do i need to do anything else for him to start normal conversation? Please help.

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Re: ADHD help for child

Your son's situation reminds me a bit of an article I read about a child who lost most of his speech for a while, but retained the ability to sing Disney songs and quote Disney movies. He eventually regained much of his speech, with a lot of help from his family and therapists who understood the important role that these movies/songs played in his life.

I also found some comments from a mother whose son sounds a lot like your child, and some replies from other parents: https://www.printfriendly.com/p/g/hcTs7y

Loss of speech is not typical of ADHD (at least, not ADHD alone). It is more common with autism and some other neurological conditions (e.g. stroke). Do you have access to a medical center where your son could be evaluated for these types of conditions? There are almost certainly ways to help him communicate and express his needs and wants, but what they are may depend on the reasons he lost his speech in the first place.

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My granddaughter has autism, possible adhd, anxiety, diabetes and migraines.
Poor kiddo. She's 18 now.

She never lost her speech, but it's never been 1:1 conversation. If she's having
a good day and we start her talking about something she enjoys, she will talk
and talk, but as far as having an actual discussion, not so much.
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