1. Play up his strengths
“Look for activities that a boy is good at and loves,” suggests Fiona St. Clair, a Manhattan–based learning specialist who works with children who have ADD. “It’s amazing how sports, music, or the arts can override attention problems.”
Finding a boy’s favorite activity and praising him for his accomplishments can remove obstacles to asking for help.
“If your child is practicing the guitar, you might say, ‘You’re doing a good job of sticking with it. How can we apply that strength to other areas, like, say, math or science?’”