Parents of children with Attention Deficit Disorder often have to adjust their parenting techniques to meet the special needs of their children. This is true not only when preparing their children for schoolwork, but also when teaching them social skills. Children with ADD may:
- Dominate conversations.
- Be unable to concentrate on activities.
- Interrupt others’ play.
- Quit games before they are finished.
- Have trouble listening to others.
- Behave inappropriately.
But this doesn’t mean they can’t make friends. In fact, it’s very important for children with ADD to build relationships and avoid loneliness.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Watch your child at play. Notice his social strengths and weaknesses.
- Focus on improving one or two social skills. Reward your child when he makes progress.
- Use role-playing to help your child learn.
- Model social behaviors you’d like your child to imitate.
- Look for chances to praise your child’s good behavior.
- Plan initial activities that aren’t too interactive. For example, you might take your child and her new friend to the library.
- Provide opportunities for your child to use his strengths. For example, if your child concentrates well on sports, invite his friends over for a game of kickball.
- Interrupt playtime when the energy level becomes too high. Suggest that the children take a break for a snack.
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