Does this describe your son?
- Avoid social interactions with similar-age peers and prefers to be with younger kids or adults
- Say “No” to anything new or unfamiliar
- Labels kids who are similar to him as “weird” or “annoying”
- Get upset/angry when he needs to step outside his comfort zone
- Prefer video games/internet to spending time with peers in real life
- Misunderstands other kids intentions and regularly complains about them
- Have difficulty “reading a room” or picking up social cues
- Have friends in school but never sees them outside of school
- Not appear to have benefited from social skills groups in the past
- Make self-defeating comments about himself such as “No one likes me”
Most boys who have social anxiety feel very isolated as they often believe that no other boys have the same struggles as them. Social anxiety is common in boys diagnosed with ADHD as well as learning disabilities yet often mistaken for difficulty with social skills.
The focus of our work is teaching strategies to push through anxiety producing situations, develop self-advocacy skills and independent problem solving skills. Additionally, we teach parents how to help their sons develop resiliency and not enable their avoidance behaviors.
If you would like to help your son learn to manage his social anxiety,improve his self-confidence and ability to connect with same-age peers please contact us below to discuss next steps.