Social Skills in Children and Adults with ADHD

When completing this essay I researched about ADHD. I was interested in this topic because I wanted to know how kids and adults with ADHD are affected by their condition and how they can cope with it. The topic ADHD relates to Temple Grandin’s chapter “From the Margins to the Mainstream” because Grandin talks about neurodiversity and how people with ADHD are part of the neurodiverse. My research question was “What is ADHD and how can it affect someone’s social skills and abilities?” While researching I’ve figured out teachers and parents can work together to help kids with ADHD by using strategies to enhance their social skills .

ADHD is a chronic condition in which someone will have attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. In the article “Social Skills in Adults with ADHD,” (Social Skills in Adults with ADHD), I’ve found out that individuals with ADHD often experience social difficulties and social rejection. They also experience interpersonal relationship problems as a result of their inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Inattention means failure to think carefully about, listen to, or to watch something. Impulsivity means you have a tendency to act on a whim,displaying behavior by little or no thought and hyperactivity means being extremely active. Being able to communicate successfully is a very important skill for both children and adults to have, but 50-60% of children with ADHD have difficulties with interacting with others(Social Skills in Adults with ADHD). Even though kids with ADHD have a hard time either getting along with others or making friends, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Likewise, ADHD can impact children’s abilities to make friends or get along with others. In an article on Social Challenges of Children with ADHD they talk about what children with ADHD have to go through when trying to make friends of just to socialize in general. In the article it says more than half of children with ADHD were disliked by their peers(Kennedy-Moore). 56% of children with ADHD have no reciprocated friendships and can lose friendships quickly. Experimental studies show that children with either the hyperactive of the inattentive form of ADHD, they both can experience rejection within hours of meeting unfamiliar peers(Kennedy-Moore). In another article I found while researching, Ways ADHD can Affect Your Child’s Social Life,(Morin) I found out kids with ADHD often don’t notice how their behavior affects other people. They may interrupt others and have trouble filtering what they say-which could irritate others. Even though kids with ADHD have a hard time either getting along with others or making friends, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. When kids with ADHD get help with this sort of deficit they are most likely to succeed in making friends.

Furthermore teachers and parents can help kids with ADHD enhance their social skills by using different strategies. In an article, Social Skills and ADHD, it talks about how kids with ADHD can build social skills by using resources like teachers or parents. Kids with impulsive control issues are most likely at risk for social concerns. Oftentimes the child has a hard time controlling behavior when playing with others(Stasi). In the same Article, they also talk about how children with ADHD usually need extra help in unstructured situations such as at recess, the playground, or gym time(Stasi). To solve this, teachers and parents should work close to the child to ensure they can provide guidance during these activities. If parents and teachers work together, this can assure success with the child’s social skills.

In addition the collaboration of children’s teachers and parents can help enhance his/her social skills by using different ways for the child to practice the new knowledge they learn. My research has changed my perspective on ADHD because I now know more about how and why kids with ADHD have a difficult time making friends and socializing. If I were to research more about ADHD I would like to know more about what strengths kids and adults with ADHD have. People who are affected by ADHD may have a hard time socializing but with dedication and hard work they can achieve it if they are determined.

 

Citations

Kennedy-Moore, Eileen. Social Challenges of Children with ADHD. Psycology Today, 1 April 2015, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/growing-friendships/201503/social-challenges-children-adhd. 6 March 2017.

Morin, Amanda. 5 Ways ADHD can Affect Your Child’s Social Life. Understood for learning and attention issues, https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/5-ways-adhd-can-affect-your-childs-social-life. 2 March 2017.

Social Skills in Adults with ADHD. CHADD, 2017, http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/For-Adults/Living-with-ADHD-A-Lifespan-Disorder/Relationships-Social-Skills/Social-Skills-in-Adults-with-ADHD.aspx. 2 March 2017.

Stasi, Greg. Social Skills and ADHD. North Shore Pediatric Therapy, 29 January 2015, http://nspt4kids.com/parenting/social-skills-adhd/. 6 March 2017.

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