"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.

Be a Play Date Observer

Talk to your child about what makes a good friend, and which behaviors are, and are not, appropriate. Coach your child on how to behave during a play date—say hello, don’t interrupt, etc. Make an excuse to hang around in a nearby room to see how things go. Parents who get the best results intervene at the “point of performance”—in the setting where and when the skill is required. As your child gets older, it’s best to let him handle social situations on his own, but be available to talk.
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