Children with ADHD often have difficulty with social skills because of their inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. A child that is more inattentive may not show unwelcome or aggressive social behaviors, but they may miss social cues. They may not know how to respond in certain situations because they have difficulty with paying attention while talking or playing.
The Social Express has high quality engaging webisodes that teach foundational skills for social and emotional learning. For Preschoolers to Highschoolers, the research-based animated interactive lessons encourage users to practice real-life social interactions. The program can be used on your computer, use the iPad app or the interactive white boards.
Michelle Garcia Winner explains the importance of teaching children with social difficulties social thinking and problem solving rather than simply teaching them social skills. Michelle uses an excellent example to illustrate the importance of teaching children to “think with their eyes”.
Parents and teacher may find this video helpful.
This article give an overview about the kinds of treatments and therapies that are available as well as some of the things to consider when helping a child who has social skills challenges. Parents are encouraged to check with their child’s school to see what they can offer as well as seeking various therapies through the community.
This in-depth article by Thomas McIntyre (author of Teaching Social Skills to Kids Who Don't Have Them) talks about the importance of teaching social skills to children who struggle socially and not expecting them to intuitively know what is expected of them in any particular social situation. The information is written specifically for teachers, but may also be very helpful for parents.
If you are looking for help with social skills for your child, then this article by Carol Brady, Ph.D., provides some good practical suggestions for parents to help their child work through difficult social situations. She also talks about how to role play different ways to respond to their peers.
In this article, Michelle Garcia Winner talks about the importance of using visual strategies when teaching children social skills. Students can benefit from visual strategies that help transform socially abstract ideas into something more concrete. She specifically describes how to use visual talking and thinking bubbles to teach social thinking in a more concrete way.
Teachers may also find this article helpful.