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Ashtyn Wilhelm

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Spring 2022


Language acquisition is a complex process, and many factors can influence language development. Pragmatic language, more specifically, can be described as using language to communicate during social interactions. Social skills, social behaviors, and social cognition are often used to describe the use of pragmatic language in context. Many cognitive skills influence pragmatic language development, including attention.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a commonly diagnosed disorder among school-age children, is characterized by difficulty attending and frequent impulsivity (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association [ASHA], n.d.-a). The characteristics associated with ADHD can negatively affect the social skills of a person diagnosed with ADHD. Thus, children diagnosed with ADHD often have a significantly harder time using and understanding social skills (Bruce, Thernlund, & Nettelbladt, 2006).

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