School Psych Corner: Friendship Barriers and Solutions for Kids with ADHD
[Source: Psychology Today]
Helping children with ADHD learn to get along better with their peers is very difficult. Research shows that medication and reward systems can cut down on their inappropriate behavior, but these changes don’t necessarily lead to greater peer acceptance or making friends.
Teaching these children social skills in isolation also hasn’t proven helpful. Even when children can perform a certain skill perfectly in a clinic or home setting, it doesn’t mean they’ll remember to use that skill in a relevant situation at school or with a friend.
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