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Teaching a 4th grader to be a “social relater” instead of an “information informer”

Kids with social learning challenges such as ADHD often are "Information Informers" rather than "Social Relaters" meaning they talk at people about their interests and do not think to show interest in others. this comes from a lack of perspective-taking ability. Learning to show interest in others and sustained reciprocal conversations is a critical life … Continue reading Teaching a 4th grader to be a “social relater” instead of an “information informer”

Why boys need close friendships with other boys.

Recently, I started working with a great high schooler who I'll call "Scott". Scott is personable, articulate and is very likeable. During our first meeting I asked him what his social life looks like in terms of friendships. Scott had an interesting answer to that question: "Most of my friends are girls. I have some … Continue reading Why boys need close friendships with other boys.

Kids need to learn to deal with disappointments in life

I worked with a 13 year old who learned he could manipulate his parents by "shutting down" and not talking any time he got upset because he didn't get what he wanted. When he would do this his parents would go into an (unnecessary) mini panic mode and try to get him to talk. This … Continue reading Kids need to learn to deal with disappointments in life