As the name implies, social skills training is aimed at teaching appropriate social skills. Many classes focus on problem solving, controlling emotions, and verbal and nonverbal communication. Training is usually done in a group setting, which gives participants the opportunity to practice the skills they learn with others in the group.
While most social skills training is geared toward children with ADHD, you may be able to find an adult social skills class in your area. If you have a therapist, he or she may be able to recommend social skills classes. Or, your therapist may be able to provide one-on-one social skills training, or let you practice social skills as part of your normal therapy session.
A Note on Medication
If you've been prescribed an ADHD medication, make sure you're taking it as prescribed. Medications can reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity, and improve your ability to focus. This may indirectly help improve your social skills.
However, you can't expect your medicines to do all the work -- you'll still need to do the hard part. But, by helping to control your symptoms, your medications may help you use the social skills you've learned.
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