The Real Reasons Kids with ADHD Lie—and Ways to Help Them Stop

Lying because of weak executive functioning skills

There can be a number of factors behind why some kids with ADHD often lie about everyday things. Many are related to weaknesses in executive functions. Kids may have difficulty with:

  • Connecting the now to the future
  • Thinking of, or remembering, consequences
  • Organization and time management
  • Understanding how they got to the place of lying to begin with
  • Understanding that it’s the lying that got them in trouble (not what they lied about)
  • Knowing how to fix the original problem behind the lie
  • Also, some kids with ADHD can be unrealistically optimistic. They may think everything will just fall into place on its own.

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