Help ADD Children Make Friends: Parents Share Their Advice

Parents of children with attention hyperactivity deficit disorder (ADHD) reveal six easy ways to help kids form friendships that last.

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Every parent wants her child to have good friends. Below are six strategies ADDitude moms and dads have used to help their sons and daughters diagnosed with attention hyperactivity deficit disorder (ADHD) make friends.

Play Matchmaker

"I encourage my son to make friends with older kids. They act like big brothers and sisters -- yet they are still young enough to have lots of fun with." -Jennifer Rodriguez, Virginia

"Find children who have similar interests. Not everyone is into baseball cards or fly-fishing, but I helped my kids find friends who are!" -Eliza, Massachusetts

"What helped my daughter was wearing a shirt with a famous character on it. A girl started a conversation about the character, and they have been best friends ever since." -Eve, New York

This article appears in the Spring 2010 issue of ADDitude.

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