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ADHD Teenage Son Needs HelpFiled Under: ADHD Kids Making Friends, ADHD and Relationships
"My son is 17 and was diagnosed with ADD when he was 15 and a sophomore in high school. He usually gets good grades and rarely gets into trouble. However, we are concerned about his social skills. His friends used to call all of the time, but now it just goes in spurts. Things seem to be getting worse, and my husband and I don't know what to do."
It sounds like you are very observant and have taken a number of positive steps which could be of help to your son if he were willing to work in this area. Unfortunately if your "help" is not helping, it isn't help. You may need to wait until your son realizes his difficulty before he will be responsive to your feedback and suggestions. Most people strongly desire to be liked by others and be connected. It's a very strong motivator and hopefully will facilitate his desire to grow in the area of social skills and relationships.
In the meantime you could try to support him in the following ways:
It's a good sign that others are still willing to go out with him and that he's not left home alone so he must be doing something right!
Dr. Michele Novotni is an internationally recognized expert in the field of ADHD. She is the former president and CEO of the national Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), an inspiring speaker, best selling author, psychologist, coach and parent of a young adult with AD/HD. She is the author of Adult AD/HD and What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?.