Teaching a third grader about social memory

Learning about "social memory" with a 3rd grader from a Social Thinking curriculum I used with elementary schoolers. Because many kids with ADHD struggle with perspective taking and episodic memory one of the concepts we need to teach is that others have a social memory of you and you need to have a social memory … Continue reading Teaching a third grader about social memory

How my “How to hang out” program is different than social skills groups

Last year, when I was speaking at a conference a mother came up to me and shared that her son had been working with a therapist on social skills for several years. Recently, the therapist and her son had worked on asking other boys to come over. Her son did what he practiced with his … Continue reading How my “How to hang out” program is different than social skills groups

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How to hang out social skills program

Some "horseplay" goes on during How to Hang Out and it's welcome. Why? Because that's how boys relate and show affection towards each other. Here's what's not natural yet it's how most social skills groups look: Sitting in a group, (possibly with kids who have much more significant challenges), practicing overly formal etiquette and role … Continue reading How to hang out social skills program

What is your son doing today that gives him a sense of purpose?

Many kids with ADHD do well when they're given responsibilities. It gives them a sense of purpose and learning to be accountable builds this sense of purpose. All too often, I hear from parents that their sons have no responsibilities at home aside from homework. Not giving your son responsibilities at home or holding him … Continue reading What is your son doing today that gives him a sense of purpose?