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Friendships, Social Skills, and Adoption

A number of adopted children struggle with Social Skills. You can help your child learn the basics of social interactions, schedule successful play dates, and support them in making and keeping friends.

Potential causes of problems with peers:

1.     “Lack of early secure attachments leading to more anxious/controlling behaviors in later relationships

2.     Rough and unsupervised early interactions with peers

3.     Poor social boundaries and judgement, difficulty reading others’ social cues

4.     A higher prevalence of impulsivity, ADHD, and externalizing (acting-out) behavioral problems

5.     Poor emotional regulation (quick to anger at perceived slights and rejection, etc)

6.     Delayed social/emotional development

7.     Challenges in social communication and language, making it hard to keep up with the increasingly fast-paced world of their peers”


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