Ask The Expert
I Can Make Friends By Myself:
How to Improve Social Interaction for Teenagers with ADHD
Featuring Caroline Maguire, MEd, ACCG, PCC
September 2 | 7:00 PM, EDT
Teens are a unique subset of the population, just ask any parent! Add ADHD to the mix, and you have your hands full. Is your teen with ADHD spending too much time in his room? Is she becoming sullen, anxious, defiant? Does he have little to no friends, or are the ones he does have not to your liking? Though this is a difficult time, social interaction is not only possible, it is even more important than ever.
Caroline Maguire will guide parents and anyone who works with teens on how to first connect with them to gain both their attention and their buy-in. She will offer concrete, actionable advice on how to work with teens on social skills, which include reading the room, recognizing their contributions, empathizing with others, starting and keeping conversations, and more.
- Learn why some children struggle with social skills and how weak executive function often leads to social challenges.
- Identify how to engage kids in the social skills coaching process.
- Create a collaborative dialogue between parent and teen about social dilemmas.
- Lean how to communicate or coach the teen through social dilemmas using open-ended questions, reflective listening, and praise and prompts.
Caroline Maguire, MEd, ACCG, PCC, designed and facilitates a comprehensive training methodology for adults, parents, clinicians, and academic professionals on how to develop critical social, emotional and communication skills, in themselves and in others. Her book Why Will No One Play With Me? is a playbook that includes foolproof scripts on how to communicate, with anyone, in any situation, to ensure the message registers with the recipient Through her private practice, publications, lectures and workshops, her mission is to vanquish the devastating effects of feeling different and misunderstood.