A 14-year-old teen has been hospitalized for acute exacerbation of ADHD symptoms. The nurse tries to help the patient to engage with others on the unit. Which of the following interventions would be most appropriate for supporting social interaction for this patient?


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- Help the child join a structured game in progress

- Bring the patient to sit with another teen who is playing a video game

- Have the patient sit and talk with another patient in a one-to-one setting

- Avoid social interactions until the ADHD symptoms are under control


A child with ADHD may have difficulties with social functioning because his behavior may be disruptive or intrusive toward others. The nurse can still help the child with some social dynamics by allowing him to participate in a structured setting on a limited basis. Expecting the child to talk out his feelings, listen for a long time to someone else, or spend too much time alone is typically not helpful in this situation.

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