Sometimes, ADHD children and teens can’t seem to control their mouth and words flow without rhyme or reason.
Parents complain these ADHD kids
are mouthy or say “it’s that mouth that gets her (or him) in trouble”. Many times it appears they just don’t think before saying things that hurt or insult others or anger or upset their moms, dads, or teachers. Doctors call this mouthiness-Verbal Impulsivity
-or the tendency to speak before considering what is to be said.
In my last post, we discussed John, a 16 year-old with a terrible mouth and even worse attitude
. John is the epitome of the ADHD teen
who suffers from faulty executive thinking and verbal impulsivity or mouthiness
. In other words, the parts of his brain that allow him to take what he sees, hears, feels, and senses and interpret them and then decide if, what and when to respond or take action are not working normally or don’t control imulsivity.
ADHD children are prone to mouthiness and all types of impulsivity, including verbal impulsivity.
This process is called executive processing or thinking
and unfortunately seems to be impaired in many ADHD children, teens and adults. Executive thinking… Read the rest