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How can making introductions and planning play dates help my child with ADHD in their social life?

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If your child is nervous about talking to classmates, set up play dates. Plan activities ahead of time, and be there to keep an eye on things.

It may help to choose something fun that your child is comfortable doing. This will encourage confidence. Keep in mind that kids with ADHD tend to do better with one or two other children than in large groups.

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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