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Hacks for ADHD

If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with ADHD, here’s what you can do:

  • Learn about ADHD and how it may affect teens. Read books or visit trusted websites If it is your diagnosis, talk to the doctor and ask questions.

  • Remember that someone with ADHD has difficulty paying attention or sitting still because of differences in the way their brain works – not because he or she is not trying.

  • Try to focus on strengths. Many youth with ADHD are very creative and have great ideas. They also can be lots of fun and are ready to try new games and activities. Try to notice which activities bring out their strengths and do those more often.

  • Offer to help organize their work and work together on homework or tasks. This can help them to follow along with someone who has less difficulty with focus and completion of work and learn new skills.

  • If you are a person with ADHD, consider making charts and lists to help you stay on task and organized. You can build in rewards for time spent completing tasks.