Help Your ADHD Child Make Friends

Children with ADHD sometimes struggle with social skills, and making friends can be tough. But parents can help – here are 17 ways!

Finding Groups and Teams

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Consider team sports. Joining a team can help ADHD children realize everything isn’t about them. The lessons learned in sports can overflow into their social lives and you may see your child start to develop healthy friendships.

Don’t just dive in. Call the coach of the sports team before the first practice. Ask him questions to figure out whether or not your child – and his attention deficit disorder -- would be welcome. If you decide to take the plunge, go with your child to meet the coach and/or some teammates before the first get-together. Remember, transitions are hard for kids with ADHD.

Beware of her competitive spirit. Children with ADHD can have some difficulty with competitive play -- gloating when they win and raging when they lose. If your child has a hard time with these situations encourage her to develop athletic skills that don't require teamwork, like running, swimming, or martial arts.

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