My 14-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD over the summer. We've known something was up for a while, but once puberty set in his lack of attention got so much worse, and his grades were plummeting.
He just started high school last week, and I am so worried that we'll fall back into the same old routine as last year and always be scrambling to help him catch up. He tells me he wants to succeed, but he gets discouraged so easily.
He's on Focalin, and it seems to be helping.
Any other tips or pointers I can use to keep him organized and focused and on the road to success?
I was so skeptical about putting my 14-year-old on medication. And, his dad fought me tooth and nail. But, it has turned out to be the best thing for him.
He is able to pay attention in school, his grades are going up, and he is finding that some of his impulsive behavior (making noises, laughing too loud, etc.) that annoyed his friends is subsiding, too.