Inside Your Teen's ADHD Mind

“Adolescent boys with ADHD are their own worst enemies because they refuse to ask for help." How to help your son recognize his strengths, take responsibility, and succeed in high school.

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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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TAGS: Teens and Tweens with ADHD, ADHD and College

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