Teen boys with attention deficit disorder face their share of obstacles at school: They are often restless in the classroom, and their verbal skills lag behind those of girls. As a result, they can fall behind young women with ADHD (and girls without the disorder) in standardized test scores and rates of college admissions. This is especially true of boys with ADD and ADHD.
While boys typically have a greater need than girls for academic help from their parents and teachers, they are less likely to accept it due to their independent streak.
“Adolescent boys with ADD are their own worst enemies,” says Judith Levy Cohen, M.Ed., a certified learning specialist in private practice in New York.
“They refuse to ask for the help they need; instead, their mantra is, ‘I want to do it all my byself!’ This is not a misprint. Two boys in my class, both with ADD, were so distracted that they reversed their words and never noticed!”
Here are strategies that will allow you to help your son without stepping on his toes.