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How does ADD affect a child’s ability to make and keep friends?

ADD can have an adverse affect on a child’s ability to make and keep friends. This situation can become more complicated as the child gets older so it will be necessary for the parents to help their child develop friendships.

During nursery school impulsive behavior and high activity are the norm so children make fewer comparisons regarding different behavior unless the behavior is extreme. By elementary school however, children begin to observe and compare one another. The non-ADD child can listen delay gratification, act less impulsively and conform to group norms more easily then the ADD child.

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