Do Toddler Language Skills Predict ADHD Later?

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Children who have poor language skills during their toddler years may also be unable to control their behavior—which can lead to ADHD and other disorders of inattention and hyperactivity.  “Young children use language in the form of private or self-directed speech as a tool that helps them control their behavior and guide their actions, especially in difficult situations,” says Isaac Petersen of the clinical science program in the psychological and brain sciences department at Indiana University.