Social Skills Training Proves to be Beneficial for children with ADHD

by Henry Matthew Occupational Therapy for Kids

Difficulty with social skills is observed in Children with Predominantly Inattentive ADHD. These children tend to frequently have difficulties in social situations and lack assertiveness that need interactions with people that they do not know or with more than one person.

With a sluggish cognitive tempo, they sometimes have problems delaying their response to social interactions awkwardly. Their peers may perceive these kids as egotistical and self-centered because as a result of their inattentiveness, they can appear standoffish.

Social skills and assertiveness can be taught in the classes for children with ADHD and that is good news. Extensive research regarding teaching social skills to children with ADHD has been done.

Training in empathy, self-control, and cooperation, is required in Children with Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD and Combined type. With simple communication, appearing approachable, and assertiveness, Children with ADHD-PI need help.

Studies have shown that in boosting assertiveness, communication, social interactions, and empathy, social skills' training is majorly effective. More essentially, in enhancing the school experience of children with ADHD, these studies have shown long term successful results.

There are studies that focused on social skills training in children with ADHD-PI. It seems that social skills training programs benefit the children with ADHD-PI more as compared to the children with co-morbid Oppositional Defiance Disorder or children with ADHD and combined type ADHD.

As compared to children with the combined type of ADHD, children with ADHD-PI and were helped more with social skills training and Classes for children with ASD.

Social cues are well-known to Children with ADHD generally. Reading people's reactions to them need not be taught to them.

One of the hallmarks of adults and children with Asberger's syndrome is being unaware of social cues but for children with ADHD, it is not a problem generally. Teaching the child how to understand emotions is a good tip for improving a child's social skills.

Children with ADHD-HI and ADHD-C are still aware of the social impression that they are making although they have difficulty with self-control. Situations that will cause them to be embarrassed are usually avoided by Children with ADHD-PI and they are often keenly aware of their social awkwardness.

Being successful for the best to train children with ADHD, there are many social skills training tools. Exercises that break down complex social situations into smaller components and train each component of the social interaction one at a time are included in them.

Making the child watch a model exhibiting the desired behavior, role-playing games are helpful as is modeling. Social skill training classes for children with ADHD is termed as a family affair.

To participate in the role-playing and training, siblings, parents, and other family members are encouraged. They help reinforce the behaviors that are being trained and provide encouragement to the children in training.


In conclusion, in improving the school experience and self-confidence of children with ADHD, social skills' training has proven to be extremely beneficial. For children with a diagnosis of ADHD Predominantly Inattentive, this training may be especially beneficial.

Author’s Bio

SensoryBounce is specialized in offering sensory, motor and social skills occupational therapy program to the differently-abled children and classes for children with ADHD to help them master their sensory, motor and social skills! We perform therapies using a natural and fun environment. Visit  for details.

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