“Game-Changing Strategies for Raising Teen Boys with ADHD” [Video Replay & Podcast #302]
Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#302), and download the slide presentation for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on April 28, 2020.
Teen boys with ADHD have a hard road to travel as they take on more classes, harder assignments, an increasingly complex social environment, and a rapidly changing body. One of their biggest developmental tasks is to separate from parents. Ironically, they will need your wisdom, continued support, and encouragement to accomplish this independence.
To begin, parents must understand the neurobiological impact of ADHD on a teen’s behaviors. For instance, boys’ rising testosterone levels increase risk-taking behaviors, and their high rate of co-existing disorders increases challenges at school and home. Hyperactivity often improves as a boy matures, but he continues to lag behind peers cognitively and socially. Many successful adults with ADHD report that the most important factor in achieving independence is the support of a person who never gave up on them. The good news is that you can be that person for your son.
- Set realistic expectations for your son in different areas of his life – home, school, community
- Identify what he “can’t” do for himself and what he “won’t” do for himself, and implement support strategies where needed
- Focus on your son’s strengths while shoring up weaknesses that may keep him from using those strengths
- Help him figure out what helps him succeed and how to advocate for his needs
- Use proven methods to encourage motivation to change behavior, including involving him in planning for change, setting manageable goals with immediate rewards or consequences, and keeping a record of his successes
- Set the right example by showing good behavioral control, respect for others, problem-solving skills, and the ability to recover from setbacks.
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Meet the Expert Speaker:
Mary Anne Richey, M.Ed., is a Licensed School Psychologist in private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with a special interest in ADHD. She has a wide range of public school experience ranging from teaching to administration in elementary, middle, and high school settings. She was selected Florida School Psychologist of the Year for 2012. She has spoken at national and international conferences on ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, and learning disabilities and has co-authored four books on ADHD, including Raising Boys with ADHD and The ADHD Empowerment Guide, both published by Prufrock Press. | See expert’s full bio »
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- “Thoughtful and patient advice. Thank you!”
- “This was absolutely terrific info and reaffirmed my need to be patient. I will rewatch.”
- “Mary Anne provides practical and usable methods.”
- “Things were concisely and clearly communicated. Our son is 13 and your tips will be helpful.”
- “Everything that was discussed today is relevant for what we are going through and I appreciate the insight and options.”