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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2. Connect him with good role models

“They might not say it, but many boys with ADD harbor the belief that they won’t ever make it in this world,” says Michael Riera, Ph.D., head of Redwood Day School in Oakland, California, and the author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager (Da Capo Press).

Knowing about—and meeting with—successful people who have ADD can turn that fear on its head.” Riera advises boys with ADD to shadow an adult with ADD in the workplace for a day, to see that some jobs are ADD-friendly. (Parents can contact local chapters of CHADD or another ADD-related organization to find mentors.) “Adults can talk about what ADD has done for them and how they’ve worked with it to succeed,” Riera says.

Tip 3: Be Patient About His Progress...

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