Inside the Mind of the Teenage Boy with ADHD

Four ways parents can keep their attention deficit sons on track in high school -- and ready for college admissions -- even when they refuse help.

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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?’”

Tip 2: Connect Him with Good Role Models...

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