When it snows it takes Sasha much longer to do her business. I often get annoyed and try to walk her faster, she digs her heels in and refuses to move when she’s sniffing snow.
Sometimes we (myself included) get impatient with what seems like our kids lack of progress or maturity but they need to grow at their own pace, not ours. I find this is particularly true for a lot of fathers.
Sometimes parents put off getting help for their kids because they hope that they’ll just grow out of their challenges with maturity. While maturity helps maturity does not teach skills & strategies.
If your son has lagging social or executive functioning skills please don’t wait around hoping things will magically get better. While there will be improvement with maturity he also needs to learn practical skills and strategies designed for how his brain learns best.
It is very common for boys who have processing difficulties to have social anxiety because they feel like they can’t keep up in conversations. Having ADHD on top of learning differences add another layer of complexity to this.
Many boys with processing difficulties who experience social anxiety are mistakenly placed into social skills groups that do not address social anxiety. Social is anxiety and social learning challenges are two different things. During group this week I gave the guys “homework” which was was to make small talk with someone at their lunch table about the eagles game.
If you’re not sure if your son has social anxiety, social learning challenges or both please set up an appointment so we can figure help him be socially successful.
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