Parents of ADHD Children
How do I teach social skills to a 6 year old?
My six year old has ADHD and is very impulsive. Socially, he is just a mess. We were at his brother’s baseball game tonight and I was so proud of him for approaching two girls and asking if he could play soccer with them. They said yes, but he just didn’t get the idea they weren’t playing a real game and kept stealing the ball, running away with it and saying how much better he is than them. Once they finally said they didn’t want to play with him anymore, he would walk away and go back to “surprise” them and jump out at them. It was painful to watch. I finally convinced him to come sit and watch his brother play and I gave him a blanket since it was cold and he took it, then scooted over to two older boys who go to his school and asked them of they were cold and wanted to snuggle. It was heartbreaking to watch them laugh at him. His intentions were so good, but just so off. When we got home, he was going over what happened and kept saying he was just too good, too fast, or maybe he’s just mean. I told him he’s not mean and I hope he doesn’t think that and he said the girls told him he was mean and kids tell him that all of the time. How do you teach social skills? I had him in an OT social group, but he placed out of it. Sadly, they said his social skills were to advanced for th group.
He’s in kindergarten and doesn’t get recess so when his teacher says he does well socially, I think she is saying he does well in a structured setting. I can’t even imagine what will happen next year when he has unstructured play time.
Any ideas? Any social stories anyone knows of? I hate to see him feeling so bad about himself and it’s so hard to watch him in these social situations. He wants to have friends so badly, but is just not successful. I keep hoping he’ll meet that one child at school or maybe at camp this summer who will just get him. I just want him to have be friend. My ideas?
Also, he sees the social worker at school, but again, it’s very structured and he gets to bring a different friend every week, but the social worker guides the play.
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