Every parent knows that school and neighborhood friendships are incredibly important. Friends are largely responsible for enriching our lives, boosting our self-esteem, and supporting us in reaching our goals. They are often the shoulder we cry on when we experience life’s troubles. Learning how to form successful friendships is a critical skill that kids will be using and perfecting for the rest of their lives.
The reality is, some kids have a really hard time fitting in. Social skills don’t always come naturally to everyone and that can make it extremely difficult to make and maintain friendships. It is even more difficult when a child experiences some symptoms of ADHD, such as impulsivity or hyperactivity. These symptoms may cause a child to have trouble taking turns and controlling his or her anger when they don’t get their way.
At Inneractions, we use fun and engaging techniques to instruct our clients on the ins and outs of friendship making. One of the best ways to do this is through our social skills groups. In the groups, we provide members with real life opportunities to learn the skills necessary to make and keep friendships. Some skills we cover include conversation techniques, impulse control, flexibility, and teamwork.
If you notice that your child is struggling to interact with his or her peers, you may want to give one of our social skill groups a try. We currently have openings in our groups for children, teens, and young adults this summer!
Give the office a call for more details and learn how you can help your child grow and improve their friendship-making skills!
Written by: Charity Livingston