"Mom, I Made a New Friend!"

Social skills do not come naturally to children with ADHD. Help your child make and keep buddies by following these “friendly” 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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