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How can you encourage relationships in your child with ADHD?

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Not all children with ADHD have trouble getting along with others. If your child does, however, you can take steps to help improve his or her social skills and relationships. The earlier your child's difficulties with peers are addressed, the more successful such steps can be. It is helpful for you to:

  • Recognize the importance of healthy peer relationships for children
  • Involve your child in activities with his or her peers; choosing an activity your child is particularly good at or enjoys will help them to have the confidence needed to focus on engaging more with peers.
  • Set up social behavior goals with your child and implement a reward program
  • Encourage social interactions if your child is withdrawn or excessively shy
  • Schedule play activities with only one other child at a time
  • Supervise play activities as your child practices social skills. If something doesn’t go well, process it with her later. You can try role-playing to see what she could have said or done differently.

From: Parenting a Child With ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CHADD.org (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

National Resource Center on ADHD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

CHADD.org (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

National Resource Center on ADHD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

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