This reply was originally posted by user Pump2Duncan in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
My kiddo has trouble maintaining friendships too. Kids are usually fond of him in the beginning but then things go south quickly. Picking up social cues is not easy for him.
Don’t really have any advice, besides – I know how it feels. Last year we invited his entire class to his birthday party. He wanted a big birthday party so bad. No one from his school showed up.
We work on learning social cues at home and everyone in the house knows the home is the sanctuary, the safe place – so if nothing else, he knows he has a soft place to land after a long day. Plus, his school is very anti-bully – nothing is tolerated on the bully front. So he feels happy in class, even if he doesn’t have a big group of friends.