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15 Tips to Help a Child with ADHD Develop Social Skills

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

Sustained Attention / Organization Skills

ADHD social emotional development and social interaction skills
Social skills development for students with ADHD | Critical social skills iep goals

Sustained Attention / Organization Skills

Social skills development for students with ADHD | Critical social skills iep goals

A child with ADHD can often feel like an outsider in social situations. They may find it difficult to make and keep friends, and their emotional maturity level may be well below that of their counterparts without ADHD. This can be difficult for a child to deal with, and it is important that they receive help developing their social skills. This blog post will provide 15 tips to help a child with ADHD develop social skills.


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can affect a child's ability to regulate emotions. Studies have shown that the emotional maturity level of children with ADHD is well below that of their counterparts without ADHD.


This means that a 10-year-old with ADHD may behave more like a 7- or 8-year-old around their peers, struggle to play well with others, and have a hard time sharing and losing at games. The good news is that teaching social skills help children with ADHD develop the tools they need to cope with their emotions. With the right support, children with ADHD can learn to control their impulses, manage their emotions, and interact successfully with their peers.

ADHD Loss of Focus
ADHD Student Loss of Focus

Being accepted by one's peers is an important part of growing up, and children with ADHD often have difficulty making and keeping friends. If a child isn't accepted by a peer group, this can make them feel isolated, which can be one of the most painful parts of having ADHD.


While some parents isolate their children from participating in activities with others, kids with ADHD must participate in social activities to help develop social skills. By participating in social activities, children with ADHD can learn how to interact with others, solve problems, and understand different points of view. In addition, social activities provide an opportunity for children to practice self-control and learn how to cope with disappointment. As such, parents should encourage their children with ADHD to participate in various social activities.


Parents of children with ADHD face many challenges, one of which is helping their child become more aware of social situations and other people's reactions. It is common for children with ADHD to have difficulty monitoring their own behavior, and this can lead to problems in social interactions. As a result, teachers and parents play an important role in teaching their child how to read social situations and respond accordingly. There are a number of things that teachers and parents can do to help increase self-awareness in children with ADHD. For example, they can model appropriate social behavior, provide positive reinforcem