"Mom, I Made a New Friend!"

Making eye contact. Not interrupting. Taking turns. Social skills do not come naturally to all kids with ADHD. Teach your child how to make friends by following these 16 expert strategies.

Give Him the Words -- and the Praise

Demonstrate and rehearse social skills with your child. Cover everything from maintaining eye contact, to interrupting, to saying harsh things at a play date. Instead of his saying “This is boring,” teach him to say, “Can we play something else for a little while?” Instead of saying “That’s a stupid game you picked,” teach him to say, “How about we play Chutes and Ladders?” Progress often comes slowly, so praise him for his efforts every inch of the way.
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