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At a Glance: Helping Kids with Learning and Attention Issues Handle Family Visits

When visiting family and friends, kids with learning and attention issues may struggle with basic social skills like making conversation. Here’s how to help your child handle common problems that might arise during visits.


Does your child struggle with social skills when she's visiting others? Here are some common problems kids with learning and attention issues may have during visits -- and ways you can help.

Joining a Conversation

Why this can be a problem:

Your child may do OK with routine small talk like "How are you?" But she may struggle with free-flowing conversations, such as a discussion of a recent family vacation.

What you can do:

To encourage your child to join in the conversation, suggest a specific topic that excites and engages her. Try something like, "Tell us about that strange animal you saw on the day hike."

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