Let’s be honest, the diagnosis of ADHD has been around for over 40 years. We know what ADHD looks like, and may know a handful of children that “appear” to have symptoms. Twice as many boys are diagnosed with ADHD than girls. While 1in 50 children may be struggling with ADHD. What do children face? Here are a few items:
Gets distracted easily
Difficulty in School
Self Centered Behavior
Attention Demanding Behavior
Difficulty following through
While this list feels overwhelming to parents, let’s remember they are “challenges” and they are significant in every setting for the child.
In KIDS group participants learn how to make and keep friends. Sometimes it’s the negative behaviors that make a bad first impression or push friends away. These behaviors can be on purpose, accidental or driven by a desperate need to be accepted. The group members came up with these 20 ways to lose a friend. If your child struggles with friendship issues, challenge them to do identify a behavior and work on decreasing it.
Annoying behavior- not stopping when asked
Trying to be friends with the wrong person (someone who is consistently mean)
Being physically aggressive
Being too hyper
Inappropriate talk (swearing/potty talk)
Being a know it all
Invading personal space
Trying too hard (people pleasing)
Not being yourself: (pretending to be like them to be accepted).
Antagonizing: Pushing people’s buttons on purpose
Only talking about yourself
One uping/ Bragging
Getting jealous when they play with someone else
Not taking care of yourself: (baths, brushing teeth, clean clothing, etc).
This summer KIDS group is teaming up with Mad Science to provide an innovative and hands on experience to learn social skills. Many kids excel in science because it is logical and predictable. Human behavior is much more complex. We will be using the laws of science to help explain social etiquette in a new and fun way. Click here for more information.
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