How do friendships help children with ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
When children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have healthy relationships with other children, they are more likely to thrive. Unfortunately, many children with ADHD experience problems with social skills and peer relationships. Social skills training groups and other interventions can help children with ADHD learn:

- ways to communicate with other children
- how to foster friendships and close relationships
- appropriate social behaviors

Often, children with ADHD can learn these techniques best in a group setting with other children with ADHD. When parents and educators consistently reinforce good peer relationships, children usually pick up on social skills more quickly.

According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, best friend relationships in childhood and adolescence have a powerful, positive effect on young people. Children with ADHD should be encouraged to develop a close friendship with another child to reap these benefits.

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