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How can I know if ADHD is affecting my child's social life in school?

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Ask your child's teachers how class is going for her. Work with them and the school's guidance counselor to clear up any conflicts that could get in the way of friendships. Kids with ADHD can be targets for bullying, too. Be prepared. Talk with your child about what to do if she gets teased or picked on. Make sure she knows it's OK to tell you if she's bullied.

From: ADHD and Your Child's Social Life WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

ADDvance: “Social Skills for Kids with ADHD.”

Bagwell, C.L. , November 2001. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Davidson Institute: “Tips for Parents: Improving Skills in Children with ADHD.”

Hoza, B. , July 2007. Journal of Pediatric Psychology

CDC: "Other Concerns & Conditions."

CHADD: "Psychosocial Treatment for Children and Adolescents with ADHD."

Unnever, J.D. , February 2003. Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Understood: "FAQs About Social Skills Groups."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 18, 2019

SOURCES:

ADDvance: “Social Skills for Kids with ADHD.”

Bagwell, C.L. , November 2001. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Davidson Institute: “Tips for Parents: Improving Skills in Children with ADHD.”

Hoza, B. , July 2007. Journal of Pediatric Psychology

CDC: "Other Concerns & Conditions."

CHADD: "Psychosocial Treatment for Children and Adolescents with ADHD."

Unnever, J.D. , February 2003. Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Understood: "FAQs About Social Skills Groups."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 18, 2019

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