“Social executive functioning” are the social cognitive skills we use when interacting with others. Kids with ADHD and related challenges who struggle both with social and executive functioning often do not know how to manage play dates or unstructured “hanging out” time thus they need scaffolding in order to do this successfully.
Here I am teaching a third grader how to think about the thoughts of a new friend who is coming over for a playdate.
In order to develop executive function & social skills play/hanging out time needs to NOT be directed by an adult. This is why “helicopter parenting” is detrimental to helping kids build social and executive functioning skills.