Helping ADHD Children Make Friends

March 17, 2014 3:00 PM

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as defined by the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is “a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, presenting in two or more settings, and negatively impacts directly on social, academic or occupational functioning.” The symptoms must be present before age 12. It is the most common behavior disorder that occurs in childhood and affects many areas of a child’s life.

Having ADHD may affect the way a child can keep and make friends. Some of the problems that may arise in making friends are impulsivity and restlessness. Children with ADHD may exhibit unpredictable behavior, which can make their peers feel scared in their company.

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