Social skills training helps the child or adult who has attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) be less aggressive and impulsive, manage
anger, and behave in a more socially acceptable way. Techniques include:
Watching videotapes of good
Practicing ways to settle conflicts.
Social skills training uses specific steps and goals, such as
learning how to:
A girl with ADHD may be labeled Chatty Cathy -- the enthusiastic school-aged girl who is always telling stories to friends. Or she could be the daydreamer -- the smart, shy teenager with the disorganized locker.
But what happens when she grows up? Or when her ADHD isn't diagnosed until she's a woman? Is her experience different from what men with ADHD go through?
ADHD has not been widely researched in women. Much more is known about how it affects children. But there seem to be some patterns that...
Social skills training is an important part of managing ADHD.
Individual sessions or small group settings are both appropriate environments
for learning these skills. Many school districts now offer social skills
classes for students with ADHD (and other conditions), using specialized
Social skills training appears to help children, teens, and adults
learn appropriate behaviors. But more study is needed, especially on the
long-term effects of this type of training.