Does this describe your son?

Does this describe your son?

Social Skills

  • May be able to initially make friends but has trouble keeping them
  • Trouble understanding social cues
  • Doesn’t seem to connect with peers in social situations
  • Will act silly to get attention from peers, even if it is negative attention
  • Has difficulty “reading a room”
  • Feels more comfortable communicating with younger children or adults than peers
  • Tends to have one-sided conversations, talks at people about his interests
  • Frequently interrupts others or says things impulsively, lacks a “filter”
  • Can be inflexible, often says “No” to anything new
  • Labels other kids with ADHD as “annoying” or “weird” despite the fact he acts like them
  • Lacks understanding how he is perceived by others
  • Has difficulty understanding other’s thoughts and feelings
  • Labels everything except video games as boring
  • Has a tendency to “police” other kids and tries to control them
  • Had friends in elementary school but became more socially isolated when he got to  5th/6th grade
  • Struggles in unstructured or semi-structured social situations but does O.K. in structured situations

Executive Function Skills

  • Has a hard time sensing the passage of time
  • Difficulty tolerating boredom and non-preferred tasks
  • Needs constant prompting and supervision to get through things he doesn’t find interesting
  • Struggles during unstructured times, will not take initiative 
  • Chronically disorganized, forgets or looses materials
  • Has a hard time recalling how he performed a task in the past
  • Difficulty with planning ahead
  • Has a hard time self-monitoring himself (particularly when using screen devices)
  • Becomes easily distracted and/or wastes time with trivial matters
  • Focuses on small details and has a hard time getting the “bigger picture”
  • Difficulty transitioning from one thing to another (particularly when playing video games)

Emotional Regulation Skills

  • Appears to be several years behind in his/her social and emotional maturity compared to same-age peers
  • Fearful of new situations, says no to trying new things
  • Difficulty differentiating between “small problems” and “big problems”
  • Has trouble letting go of things that bother him
  • Difficulty when there are changes in routine or during transitions
  • Becomes argumentative or explosive when told to get off video games/computer
  • Has a hard time solving problems, wants you to solve problems for him
  • Tries to avoid non-preferred tasks
  • Makes self-defeating comments
  • Does not understand how his tone of voice sounds to others
  • Has difficulty with competition
  • Low frustration tolerance

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