As children begin to grow into adulthood, they begin to have more responsibilities and less supervision over their daily lives. Teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) face even greater challenges when they begin to move toward becoming adults. Having difficulty paying attention, along with and feeling restless and hyperactive, make learning and adapting more difficult. However, with the right treatment and support, a teen with ADHD can become a happy and successful member of adult society.
Helping with Academic Challenges
If you have a teen with ADHD and the teen is in an Individualized Education Program (IEP), be certain that the teachers are aware of this. Parents should stay involved with the teen’s academic progress and help the teen dedicate enough time to study. Look over their class schedule to determine which classes are likely to present the biggest challenges, so that extra preparation can be made as needed. If the teen is on medication, keep the prescription filled and make sure the correct dose is taken.
Social and Emotional Challenges
Even for a “normal” teen, the middle school and high school years can be a great social and emotional challenge. The pressures of dating, learning to drive, or finding a social group and friends to join can be daunting for the average teen, but they are even more difficult for teens with ADHD. It’s important for parents to provide support to the teen with ADHD so that they do not suffer from poor self-esteem. Encourage the teen to participate in at least some social activities. The issues of being a teen, such as dating, sex, and alcohol use should always remain open to discussion.
Call to Learn More About Helping Teens with ADHD Today
If you have a teen with ADHD and would like to learn more about how teens with ADHD can be helped to function better both academically and socially, contact the Valley Socials Program of West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, California. We are based in West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, but also serve Encino, Calabasas, Tarzana, and Sherman Oaks. Call us at (818) 650-0889 and get your questions answered today.