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At a Glance: Self-Control Issues and Your High-Schooler’s Social Life

By Lexi Walters Wright

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Friendships, dating, first jobs. High school is full of social interaction and new relationships. But for teens with learning and attention issues, poor self-control can make socializing difficult. Here’s what those challenges might look like in high school.

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At a Glance: Self-Control Issues and Your High-Schooler’s Social Life

Self-control issues can take a toll on your teen’s social life. Here are examples of what could happen, and how other teens may perceive your child as a result.

He’s very impulsive!
What it might look like:
Some kids are standing around, talking about a basketball game they’ll be attending. Your child walks over and chimes in: “I love basketball, and I’m really good.”

What other kids might think:
Why is he always butting in when nobody’s asked him?

He has trouble controlling emotions.
What it might look like:
Your son asks a girl he likes to go running with him several times, without getting an answer from her. She begins to avoid him.

What other kids might think:
He comes on really strong, and it’s uncomfortable.

He lacks motor control.
What it might look like:
The stairway at school is crowded. But your child still tries to run down it, pushing and bumping into other students.

What other kids might think:
Why can’t he slow down and wait like the rest of us? Can’t he see how rude that is?
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Lexi Walters Wright

A veteran writer and editor for parenting magazines and websites, Lexi Walters Wright has a master’s degree in library and information science and is proud to serve families at Understood.org.

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Reviewed by Jenn Osen-Foss, M.A.T. Mar 18, 2014 Mar 18, 2014

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