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Communications and Social Skills Books, Articles and Videos for People With ADHD

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For Children


While these are designed for people with ADHD, MANY people who don't have ADHD have poor communications skills and social skills. They could also benefit from these. I believe these skills often aren't taught very well in school. Your ADHD Coach can often help you learn these skills.

If you're running a business and need to have some kind of social event function for your business that you're nervous about, you could also hire an event planner to do it for you, especially if you find such things stressful. You may even want to do so for certain personal events too. Smart people delegate.


For Adults


Communications and Social Skills Books


What Does Everyone Else Know That I Don't?

Social Skills Help for Adults with ADHD by Michele Novotni, Ph.D.


Living with ADD: A Workbook for Adults with ADD

Chapter 11 social skills. M. Susan Roberts  and Gerard J. Jansen


Communications and Social Skills Articles


The Guy’s Guide to Deciphering a Date

By Michele Novotni. This isn't just for ADDers. Gives the verbal and non verbal green, yellow and red light signals women give you when you're on a date.


Women, Feeling Socially Weak? Build Your Strength

By Michele Novotni. Women with ADD often feel socially disconnected and unable to ask for help or assert needs. Here's what you can do to change this.


Odd Couples:

Finding Peace and Respect in the Marriage Where One of You Has ADHD and the Other Does Not. By Andrea Betts, a retired therapist, provides advice on how to make these kinds of relationships work.


Relationship Issues for Adults with ADHD

Rob Tudisco, an attorney with ADHD, shares his insights on how to make your marriage work.


Social Skills: Finding Friends and Persuading People

By Dale S. Brown  


Social Skills Help for Women with ADHD

By Michele Novotni, Ph.D. Specific areas of concern for women plus tips.


Social Skills: The Bottom Line for Adult ADHD/LD Success

Types of social skills problems affecting adult adhd/ld success and early intervention strategies. Should be read by parents as well.


Communications and Social Skills Videos


New Skills For Frazzelled Parents

By Dr. Daniel Amen.The Instruction Manual that should have come with your child. This course empowers clinicians to teach "superior parenting skills" to change a generation of children: to help our children be more adaptable, more responsible, more self-reliant, more resourceful, more compassionate, more "other centered." Our children are the hope for our society to grow and flourish. The current report card on children in our society says that as parents we are failing miserably to give them the direction they need.



For Children


Communications and Social SkillsBooks


ADDept Social Skills Curriculum

A ten week curriculum to teach 10 basic social skills and self evaluation to children with ADHD/LD problems.By Janet Z. Giler, (1998).


Good Friends are Hard to Find:

Help Your Child Find, Make and Keep Friends By Fred Frankel.


Helping the Child Who Doesn't Fit In.

Atlanta: GA. Norwicki, Stephen & Duke, Marshall (1992). For working with young children. Lists many exercises one can do with young children. 


How To Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies

A Book That Takes the Nuisance Out of Name Calling and Other Nonsense. By  Kate Cohen-Posey. For children ages 8-12. Recommended by American Library Association


No One to Play With

By Betty B. Osman, Ph.D. Nurturing Social Competence in a Child with LD


Socially ADDeptTM:

A Manual for Parents of Children with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities. By Janet Z. Giler. Janet Z. Gilerís Website The workbook from the ADDept Curriculum adapted for parents.  Lots of exercises to do with your child to improve their skills.


Communications and Social Skills Videos


Last One Picked, First One Picked On

By Rick Lavoie


From Acting Out to Fitting In

The ADDept Curriculum and training video. Designed to teach Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) and/or Learning Disabilities (LD):The ADDept Curriculum has been designed to be used by therapists, counselors, school psychologists and special day class teachers. This 10 week curriculum is sold to certified or licensed mental health professionals and appropriate school personnel.


Communications and Social Skills Articles


A Parent's Guide to Social Relationships

E-Book Ebook by Schwab Learning. Very good


Games to Help Improve Communication and Social Skills for Kids


How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

By Sue Gerhardt, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author of Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain. In order to develop a 'social brain', babies need loving one-to-one care. The attention that we receive as babies impacts on our brain structures. If we find ourselves cared for by people who love us, and who are highly sensitive to our unique personalities, the pleasure of those relationships will help to trigger the development of the "social brain". In the simplest terms, the pre-frontal cortex (and in particular its orbitofrontal area) plays a major role in managing our emotional lives: it picks up on social cues, the non-verbal messages that other people transmit, it enables us to empathise, as well as playing an important part in restraining our primitive emotional impulses.

Surprising as it may seem, we are not born with these capacities: this part of the brain develops almost entirely post-natally. Nor is it just a matter of waiting for your baby to develop an orbitofrontal cortex so it can begin to relate well to others. There is nothing automatic about it.

Instead, the kind of brain that each baby develops is the brain that comes out of his or her experiences with other people. Love facilitates a massive burst of connections in this part of the brain between six and 12 months. Neglect at this time can greatly reduce the development of the pre-frontal cortex.


The Initial Social Encounters of ADHD and Normal Children

Children with ADHD sometimes have a difficult time making and keeping friends.


Improving Social Skills

This list provides tips on helping to improve the social skills of children with ADD/ADHD in the classroom.


Teaching Social Skills and Conflict Resolution to Children

Parenting k-6 Children guide provides a book review on "Sticks and Stones."



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