ADHD: Social Skills Training

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ADHD: Social Skills Training

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Social skills training helps the child or adult who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) be less aggressive and impulsive, manage anger, and behave in a more socially acceptable way. Techniques include:

  • Coaching.
  • Role-playing.
  • Watching videotapes of good behaviour.
  • Practicing ways to settle conflicts.

Social skills training uses specific steps and goals, such as learning how to:

  • Listen and engage in conversation.
  • Enter new group situations.
  • Give and receive praise and criticism.
  • Cope with frustration.

Social skills training is an important part of managing ADHD. Individual sessions or small group settings are both appropriate environments for learning these skills. Many school districts and community social and health centres now offer social skills classes for students with ADHD (and other conditions), using specialized curricula.

Social skills training appears to help children, teens, and adults learn appropriate behaviours. But more study is needed, especially on the long-term effects of this type of training.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last Revised July 22, 2010

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