How can a 7 yr old with ADHD make friends

Dinell - posted on 06/02/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




My 7yr old son Has a hard time making friends. He's very smart but spends most of his time playing video games or reading. Even when we go out he takes a handheld game with him. He takes medicine for his ADHD. When he's on the meds he's too shy to talk to other kids and without it he scares the other kids because he's so hyped up. Every idea I come up with to get him into athletics or even Scouts is met with 'But I won't know anybody. or What if they don't like me" What can I do to get him out of his shell?


Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 06/02/2013




I have a 7 year old step daughter that is in the process of getting evaluated for ADHD. We're pretty sure that's the diagnosis , and she also has trouble when it comes To making friends. She is so hyper and bossy that the kids think she's mean and she's has trouble controlling her emotions and has tantrums if the kids don't do what she wants them to. I'm new to the whole ADHD thing, but I would always have to explain what is acceptable behavior over and over again before going on play dates. Since we dont have her on Meds yet that was always the only thing that seemed to work. If he is very shy then id suggest doing a one on one play date to get his confidence up. Let him figure out how to be social without the overwhelming presence of too many kids. I'd also suggest limiting his electronics. The electronics are no substitute for human friendships. It seems it's hard for them socially but the more you get them out there the more confident they will feel. Good luck to you both

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