Relationships and ADHD

Suggestions for Parents

Not everyone with ADHD has difficulty getting along with others. For those who do, many things can be done to improve the person's relationships. The earlier a child's difficulties with peers are noticed, the more successful intervention may be. Although ADHD research scientists have not provided definitive answers, some things parents might consider as they help their child build and strengthen peer relationships include:
 
  • Recognize the importance of healthy peer relationships for children. These relationships can be just as important as grades to school success.
     
  • Maintain on-going communication with people who play important roles in your child's life (such as teachers, school counselors, after-school activity leaders, healthcare providers, etc.). Keep updated on your child's social development in community and school settings.
     
  • Involve your child in activities with his or her peers. Communicate with other parents, sports coaches, and other involved adults about any progress or problems that may develop with your child.
     
  • Peer programs can be helpful, particularly for older children and teenagers. Schools and communities often have such programs available. You may want to discuss the possibility of your child's participation with program directors and your child's care providers.
     
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