040: How to Help Your Child Make and Keep Friends

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In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing tips and strategies to help your child overcome social struggles and make and keep friends. ADHD makes social interactions challenging for kids for a variety of reasons. I outline the different reasons kids with ADHD struggle with friendships, offer strategies to help your child build social skills, and share how to create opportunities for social successes.


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I help stuck and struggling parents (educators, too) make the pivots necessary to unlock success and joy for neurodivergent kids and teens, themselves, and their families. I'm honored to be part of your journey!

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Join me as I help parents, caregivers, and educators like you harness the realization that we are all beautifully complex and marvelously imperfect. Each week I deliver insights and actionable strategies on parenting neurodivergent kids — those with ADHD, autism, anxiety, learning disabilities…

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  • Podcast 40 was amazing, opened my eyes and just what I needed to hear today. I am a new listener and have been struggling with my daughter's resistance to make friends over the past few years. She just started middle school which brings all sorts of other changes as well. I have been searching and researching heavily lately to better educate myself on her ADHD. I am so glad to have found this site and podcasts!

  • Hello Penny. I listened to this episode and it was exactly what my son and I needed. Some very good suggestions and insight into why my son has diffulty in making and keeping friends. How you explained developmental delay and our child’s interest was exactly what I have been struggling to help my son to manage. Thank you.

  • I listened to this one and had to go back and listen again. This is something that really worries me and makes me sad. My son is 11 and has what I would call acquaintances or kids he gets along with, but really no friends that seek HIM out. He is ADHD/DMDD and I've seen several friendships with neurotypical kids either fall apart or fade away over the last couple of years. He is going to a special school right now so there is no opportunity for him to form friendships with classmates outside of the classroom and he doesn't have anyone that really asks him to come play, or asks mom to call me to see if they can play. He will occasionally ask if one friend or another can come over but doesn't have anyone that seeks him out in return. It breaks my heart for him. When I was his age I had a neighborhood full of kids my age and he doesn't have that. Hearing your story about how your son similarly didn't form deeper friendships until later in middle school really gave me hope. Thank you

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