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Making & Keeping Friends: A Social Skills Challenge for Kids with ADHD

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mary Coakley, PhD

Mary Coakley, PhD

Children with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders can be bright, sweet and funny, but also bossy, intrusive, inflexible, and controlling—all of which wreaks havoc on their friendships and peer relationships.

Mary Coakley, Ph.D. is a Clinical Developmental Psychologist and has been developing and running Social Skills groups at the Growth Opportunity Center in Southampton PA for over 10 years. She will give an overview of the challenges that our children experience in their social relationships, share what the current research says about treatment, and provide some practical tips and resources for parents who want to equip their children with the best possible tools for making and keeping friends. She will mediate a discussion about programs and agencies in the BuxMont area who offer social skills services, so bring information from any organizations who have been helpful to your child.

Parents and experts alike agree that for children with ADHD, strong partnerships between parents and the school team are critical to a successful school experience. While there are many potential opportunities for strong collaborations, there are also many challenges that make these opportunities difficult to achieve.


February 2
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm