It’s important to remember that as your teen gets older they will be the
one responsible for self-advocating when it comes to managing their ADHD
symptoms. So now is a great time to have them practice speaking up for
themself by encouraging them to:
- Let you and their teachers know what types of things they find helpful when
dealing with their ADHD.
- Talk to you, their teachers, and any other adults about their feelings and concerns about
- Actively seek clarification: if they can’t remember an
instruction, they shouldn’t just guess but instead—ask their teacher (or
boss) to repeat it.
Now is also a good time for them to practice taking ownership of things
that you may have helped them with previously. Have them:
- Make a list of what they need to do each day, then put
the tasks in order, crossing each one off as they do them.
- Break big jobs and tasks into smaller stages and reward
themself as they finish each one.
- Do/focus on one thing at a time.
- Leave reminders for themself on post-it notes where they will notice them.
- Practice organization: store similar things together.
- Create a daily routine for themself that includes getting
up and going to bed at the same times each day.
- Make sleep a priority by developing healthy sleep habits