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ADHD and Social Skills: How to Improve Social Skills


ADHD and social skills don’t always go together. Individuals with ADHD often experience difficulties with social skills, social rejection, and interpersonal relationship problems as a result of their inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, according to CHADD, the national resource for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

To help improve social skills for teens with ADHD, try role-playing, according to the article, “The Power of Role-Play for Building Social Skills” in ATTITUDE Magazine. “By testing out various personas, he can see how simple changes in what he says and does can help him get along better with friends and family members. Role-playing works with almost any child who is old enough to talk. It’s especially good for teaching children how to deal with teasing – a problem familiar to many kids with ADHD,” according to the article. You can read the entire article here.

Another great article is “5 Ways ADHD Can Affect Your Child’s Social Life” from

Lauren Walters suggests emotion training and social skills groups in her article, “How To Improve Social Skills In Children With ADHD“.  She writes in the article, “You can work on these skills by asking questions like “How do you know if someone is (mad, sad, happy, etc.)? What does their face look like?”

Many professionals use my book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World to help teens with ADHD. See the blog post, “McCaskill Family Services: Helping teens succeed“.

If you want to work on social skills with your teen or tween, you may want to read the article, “How to help your teenager with social skills: New Parent’s Guide“.

You may find the video “ADHD and Friendships: How to Play the Social Game!” below helpful:

ADHD and social skills may not always go together, but with the right training things can change for the better.

Learn social skills for tweens and teens in Kirt Manecke’s award-winning books Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World, and the Parent’s Guide for Smile & Succeed for Teens. Learn social skills, customer service and sales skills in Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service. Learn more about Kirt on his website.

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