Lots of changes and transitions naturally occur during the teenage years. As a parent, your relationship with your teen is undergoing some changes — and perhaps some challenges — as your son or daughter is becoming more independent. You know that ADHD affects your child's behavior and emotions. This is especially important for those children who are first diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager. As your son or daughter enters and moves through adolescence, he or she will be expected to separate from you and become independent.
Even if you know that these behaviors stem from your teen's ADHD , you may feel frustrated, embarrassed, or disrespected when they happen. Parenting a teen with ADHD is challenging. It takes extra patience. Teens with ADHD are becoming more independent.
New research shows that teens with ADHD are at an increased risk of traffic accidents, moving violations, and driving while intoxicated. Parents of teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD may need to approach the topic of teen driving with some extra care, according to a new study. The research found a 62 percent higher crash risk for teen drivers with ADHD in the first month after getting licensed, and a 37 percent higher risk in the first four years after receiving their license — regardless of their age when getting their license. Drivers with ADHD experienced higher rates of crashes that involved passengers, being at fault, injuries, and alcohol. The rates of traffic and moving violations were higher among drivers with ADHD compared to those without the condition.
Tough time getting through to your ADHD teen? Instead of responding as you have for the first 12 years of her life , ask yourself:. Adopting a hands-off approach is hard for parents with ADHD kids, who have advocated for them since elementary school. Communication is key. It sounds easy, but how do you do it?