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How To Help Your Children Make Close Friends With ADHD

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Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may experience difficulty interacting with their peers. This can result in difficulty making friends. They can be impulsive and have a lack of boundaries. This article is especially designed for parents. It will provide parents with information on how to help your children make friends.

Get To The Root Of The Problem

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Children with ADHD often have little sense of how they’re perceived by their peers, and will commit social blunders without realizing it. Help them by discussing what went wrong, why it happened, and what your child could (not should) do differently next time. Be as sensitive with your attention deficit child as you would be with a close adult friend — too much negative feedback can hurt your child’s self-esteem.

Therefore, in other words, do not be afraid to help your children improve their interaction with their peers. However, make sure to do this in a sensitive manner.

There’s Nothing Wrong With Having A Few Close Friends

According to, “A child doesn’t need to be in the ‘in’ group or get invited to lots of parties to be happy. In fact, studies show that having even one close friend is all it takes for a child to develop social self-confidence.” In other words, your child does not need to be in the “in” group. They simply need to have a few close friends who they can develop important, close relationships with.

Teach Your Children How To React To Teasing

According to, “Teasing, bullying and playful banter are an inevitable part of childhood, but ADHD kids often don’t know how to respond. Parents should encourage their children to stand up to teasing, but to not overreact, which might escalate the problem.” Therefore, teach your children how to react to teasing. Tell your children to stand up to teasing but not to fight back.


This article is especially suited for parents. It has provided parents with fundamental ways to help your children develop better peer relationships and maintain them. As mentioned above in this article, some of the ways to help your children improve their relationships with their fellow peers include but are not limited to getting to the root of the problem, having a few close friends instead of a large group of friends, in addition to having your children react appropriately to teasing and not overreact.


How To Help Your Children Make Close Friends With ADHD

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). How To Help Your Children Make Close Friends With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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