ADHD and Peer Relationships

by Sam Malone


It has been found in studies that children suffering from adhd find it difficult for forming and sustaining peer relationships in school and at any other place. These relationships help in character formation of a child and also provide great support in emotional well being of a child.

Children suffering from ADHD often find it difficult to communicate normally with other children; such a child may be suffering from the hyperactivity of ADHD and therefore makes it difficult for others to form relationships with him through proper communication. It is often noticed that the aggressive or shy behavior of children might play a role in the child facing rejection from their peers.

Parents of children suffering from this disorder might report regularly that their child is being picked on by other children at school and that the child does not really participate in group activities held by the school. It is more likely that peer problems may lead to larger problems for these children, like mood and behavior disorders, anxiety, drug abuse, etc.

It has also been noticed that not all children suffering from this disorder have difficulty in forming relationships with peers, it is extremely necessary that the faster the parents notice this difficulty, faster can be the action taken to repair this disorder and it will help your child with least damages done to them.

It is also necessary that parents should know that peer relationships are as important for your child just like grades are important for his educational progress, therefore, friendships are important for teaching your child emotional bonding.

It is necessary that parents have an active involvement in all your child’s social activities without being intrusive, keeping information about your child’s activities and all those who play important roles in your child’s development should be included in your information. You should also know whether your child can form relationships and does enjoy with his peers.

You as parents should be in contact with other parents as equally motivated as you are so that you can get information whether your child is progressing or enduring any problems regarding development.

You can also explore the possibility of involving your child in some peer programs that are made available to pre-teens and teenagers, these programs can prove beneficial for your child, you can also discuss this inclusion with your child’s therapist and gain guidance regarding helping your child with peer relationships.


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