Pediatric Therapy Corner: Social Skills And ADHD
[Source: North Shore Pediatrics]
Many children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) exhibit significant concerns with regard to their social and emotional functioning. Research has indicated that there is a high correlation between children who have ADHD and their social skills. What is important to understand is that many of these children do not have specific social deficits (such as those often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder); however, the issues with impulsivity and attention to detail impact the social success of the child.
Children with impulse control issues and inattention are often at risk for social concerns because of the impact that these issues have on the child’s socialization. Oftentimes the children have difficulty ‘putting the brakes on’ when playing with peers and struggle with regulating behavior. The other children might become upset and shy away in future social events. These children are also at risk for missing social cues when engaging peers which might lead to rejection or neglect in future interactions.
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