Confused, wanting to know how you can help? Here are some things you can do:
(An abbreviated excerpt from Cathi Cohen’s book “Raise your Child’s Social IQ”)
- Make sure your child has been properly evaluated and is being treated for his/her AD/HD.
AD/HD literature stresses the need for a multidimensional approach to treatment (medication management, social skills training, behavior management etc). Make sure all of your supporting professionals coordinate their treatment goals.
- Keep in close contact with your child’s teacher.
- Observe your child carefully to see which behaviors are alienating peers.
- Develop self-monitoring opportunities for your child. Stress the importance to your child of the importance to see the way others see him/her.
- Encourage your child to keep a low profile at school and in the neighborhood until effective social skills have been developed.
- Begin to set goals to work on with your child with AD/HD that will address his or her social deficits.
- Only encourage play activities with peers that know and appreciate your child.
- Decline invitations that will set your child up for a social disaster (i.e., sleepover, party etc.)
- Choose play activities that are simple for your child in terms of attention span and stimulation.
- Encourage friendships with non AD/HD peers who have mellow temperaments.
- Play the role of a supportive guide.
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