If your child is about to enter a new social environment for the first time, it is important to understand how ADD/ADHD affects behavior and relationships in a group environment.
For example, your child may participate in new extracurricular activities or weekend activities in the upcoming school year-baseball, chorus, drama, football. This means that other adults who may not know your child has ADHD/ADHD will provide supervision and guidance. In fact, many of these adults may not be familiar with ADD/ADHD at all.
You know your child best. As a parent, it is very important for you to communicate your child’s needs to other adults in his life. This means discussing with the teacher, football coach, choir leader or event director what is best for your child. You should also educate them about ADHD in general, because many people may not be familiar with the basics you know, such as the back of your hands.
What can I share? The group environment can bring many challenges to children with ADHD. Let adults understand some of the challenges first.
Children with ADHD tend to react before thinking. This will definitely cause problems within the group. When children blurt out or react physically without considering the consequences, peers and adults in the group can easily feel frustrated, annoyed, and annoyed.
Ignore subtle social cues
People with ADHD have difficulty recognizing social cues such as facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. Children with ADHD often find it difficult to adjust to their environment. As a result, they often misunderstand social cues or miss them altogether.
Difficult to stay focused
One of the main symptoms of ADHD is inattention. A child with ADHD cannot control what attracts his attention. When he is easily distracted by external stimuli, it is difficult to understand and follow instructions and conversations.
Peer relationship issues
Some children with ADHD may interact with their peers in a bossy way. In order to control their environment, they may try to control the behavior of others. This arrogance usually brings feelings of anger and irritation to others.
Sharing this information with other adults who supervise, teach, or mentor your child will help them better understand your child and how ADHD affects his reactions and behaviors. Armed with this knowledge, adults can adopt positive strategies to help your child succeed and find friendship in a group environment.