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Conversational Skills in Children

"Is it normal for children with ADHD to prefer to interact in a small group of friends?"

by Michele Novotni, Ph.D.

Yes. At times it can be very overwhelming for both children and adults with ADHD to participate in a group situation. The number of distractions increases as the number of people increases and many people with ADHD have difficulty filtering out distractions even in a one-to-one setting. Also, transitions in conversation can move at a fast pace in group settings and many with ADHD have difficulty keeping track of conversations. Another difficulty can be the need to wait longer for a turn to speak.

Here are some suggestions for group situations:

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