"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.

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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