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Boredom and the ADHD Brain

Boredom is seemingly intolerable to kids with ADHD, who complain, pester, whine, stew, and disrupt others when asked to endure a boring task. Learn why boredom tolerance is a critical life skill and how parents can help explain and improve it.

Listen to “The Social Lives of Boys with ADHD”

Life is boring sometimes. Sitting through a dry lecture. Waiting for Dad to finish grocery shopping. Taking a long drive. These are the experiences that drive our kids and teens with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) over the edge. They complain. They whine. They make the people around them feel uncomfortable. How can we, as parents, help our children learn to tolerate boredom?

If your child takes a lot of trips to the bathroom at school, disrupts his classmates, or fills his time by telling other kids what they are doing wrong, watch this video to help him understand why learning to tolerate boredom is a critical life skill.


Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW is the facilitator of the ADHD Dude Facebook Group and YouTube channel. Ryan specializes in working with males (ages 5-22) who present with ADHD, anxiety with ADHD, and learning differences; he is the one professional in the United States who specializes in teaching social cognitive skills to boys from a male perspective.

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