ADHD social challenges for kids…

…and tips that may help change the picture

Many kids with ADHD simply don’t know how to interact with other people1

  • ADHD (formerly known as ADD) interferes with their ability to read facial expressions, vocal tones, and body language, and poor listening skills and impulsive behaviors add to the potential for social mistakes
  • They also have a hard time learning from experience and cannot predict the response their actions will have, making the same social mistakes again and again

Without positive peer relationships, kids with ADHD may not learn the basic skills they need to get along with others2

  • This results in high levels of loneliness and anxiety, leading to low self-esteem and social avoidance
  • They may react to social rejection by fighting back physically, building on an already negative reputation for being different or difficult

There are things you can do to help your child learn and build on social skills1

  • Pick a quiet time of day to talk about why making friends and getting along with others is important
  • Agree on one specific, small, and attainable social goal, such as interrupting less
  • Plan a time-limited, supervised play date with another child to practice new social skills
  • Review social goals together before outings
  • Choose simple, enjoyable, attention-getting activities that minimize intense social interaction, like going to the movies or ice skating
  • Involve teachers and guidance counselors to help reinforce social goals with checklists. To provide positive reinforcement, use rewards such as gold stars
  • Video- or audiotape your child to show how he or she looks through others’ eyes
  • Encourage your child to think about how others feel

If you’re getting frustrated with your child’s progress, consider talking with your school guidance counselor. Many schools have programs to help kids develop positive social skills. You could also explore a social skills training program. Finally, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the role an ADHD medicine could play in helping your child. Or, if your child is already on medicine, but you are not seeing improvement, talk with your healthcare provider about other options.

References: 1. Cohen C. Raise your child’s social IQ: How to help when ADHD impacts people skills. Attention Magazine. April 2010. pages 21-22. http://www.chadd.org/AttentionPDFs/ ATTN_4_10_Cohen_on_Social_Skills.pdf. Accessed May 23, 2016. 2. Zumpfe HJ, Landau S. Peer problems. Attention Magazine. April 2002. pages 32-35. http://www.chadd.org/AttentionPDFs/ ATTN_04_02_PeerProblems.pdf. Accessed May 23, 2016.

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Evekeo® (amphetamine sulfate tablets, USP) is a prescription medicine for the treatment of narcolepsy, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity as an integral part of a total treatment program and exogenous obesity as a short term adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Evekeo (amphetamine sulfate tablets, USP) is a federally controlled substance (CII) with a high risk of abuse or dependence. Keep in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or sharing Evekeo may harm others and is illegal.

Do not take Evekeo if you or your child:

  • has a history of advanced heart disease or hardening of the arteries, moderate to severe high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, known hypersensitivity or other serious cardiac problems that may place you or your child at increased vulnerability to the sympathomimetic effects of a stimulant drug
  • is very anxious, tense or agitated
  • has a history of drug abuse
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Serious heart problems can occur when taking stimulant medicines, such as Evekeo, and can include:

  • sudden death in people who have heart problems or heart defects
  • sudden death, stroke and heart attack in adults
  • increased blood pressure and heart rate

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  • new or worse bipolar illness
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  • seeing things or hearing voices
  • believing things that are not true
  • being suspicious
  • new manic problems

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Circulation problems in fingers and toes:

  • fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful
  • fingers or toes may change color from pale, to blue, to red

Tell your doctor if you or your child has any numbness, pain, color change, or sensitivity to temperature in your fingers and toes or a family history of health conditions including circulation problems in fingers and toes. Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of unexplained wounds appearing on fingers and toes while taking Evekeo.


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  • slowing of growth (height and weight) in children, seizures, eyesight changes or blurred vision, and serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome can be life threatening and happens when Evekeo is taken with certain medicines. Symptoms include agitation, hallucinations, coma or other changes in mental status, problems controlling your movements or muscle twitching, fast heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, sweating or fever, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle stiffness or tightness

The most common side effects reported with Evekeo include:

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