Wednesday Seminar: Multilingual children with ADHD: Better attention, better communication?
Franziska Köder (Researcher at MultiLing) will present initial plans for her forthcoming project on multilingual children with ADHD, currently in preparation.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most frequent neurodevelopmental disorders, characterised by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Children with ADHD frequently have language difficulties, especially in the domain of pragmatics. So far, it is unclear whether being multilingual intensifies ADHD symptoms and pragmatic difficulties or, on the contrary, could have positive effects on children’s attention and communication skills in line with previous research on multilingual development. The main objective of this project is to provide novel insights into how ADHD and multilingualism interact in child development. Research on this topic could also have a societal impact as it could contribute to better diagnostic tools and intervention programs specifically targeted at multilingual children with ADHD. I will present plans for several studies investigating multilingual children’s (and adults’) attention and communication skills, using a variety of methods such as questionnaires, behavioural tests and eye-tracking.
Franziska Köder is a researcher at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (ILN, UiO). She divides her time between coordinating MultiLing’s Socio-Cognitive Laboratory and conducting psycholinguistic research. Franziska’s main research interest is children’s acquisition of semantics and pragmatics and its relation to their cognitive development. She has a MA in German Language & Literature and Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a PhD from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Before joining MultiLing, she worked as postdoctoral research fellow in a project on children’s acquisition of figurative meanings such as irony and metonymy (IFIKK, UiO).