Adult ADHD Social Skills Infographic
If you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you know that it can impact every facet of your life, including your social skills. And you’ve probably been struggling in interpersonal areas for as long as you can remember.
The first thing to do is to realize it’s not your fault. Know your brain is wired differently than the brains of your family, friends and co-workers. And this alone makes socializing really hard. If you really want to improve your social game, it’s time to implement strategies to help you navigate social situations.
This ADHD Social Skills Infographic shares five ways you can improve your social skills.
1. Learn to read the room.
Teach yourself by watching others. One of the best ways to teach yourself social skills is to look at what everyone else around you is doing. You can even zoom in on a specific person if it helps.
2. Pay attention to body language and voice tone.
Subtle social clues provide instrumental cues. ADHD adults can find the social game tricky, hard to manage, and frustrating when it comes to gaining and maintaining friendships. Body language, words, and voice tone offer the keys you need to decipher social customs.
3. Cement the details in conversations.
Echoing helps to reinforce the knowledge in your mind. This provides the person you are conversing with the opportunity to correct you if you’ve misunderstood or provide additional information you might have missed.
4. Slow down reactivity by counting to ten.
Take the time to determine what your next step should be. Counting to ten before doing or saying something allows you to process the situation and make a decision based on rationale rather than impulse.
5. Prepare before by visualizing the situation.
Mentally walk yourself through the scenario on a “practice run.” Identify areas where you might struggle and figure out the steps you can take to mitigate them ahead of time.
When you make a habit of following these proven strategies, you’ll be a social butterfly in no time!