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ADHD: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

By Amanda Morin

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In high school the signs of ADHD may show up in new ways as teens become more independent and in charge of their own activities. The following symptoms are typical of ADHD. But they may occur with other issues, including sensory processing issues and anxiety.

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ADHD: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

What are typical behaviors of teens with ADHD? Here are signs you might see in high-schoolers at home and at school.

Constantly Runs Late
At home: Your child misses family meal times and is late for curfew.
At school: Your child has trouble getting to school on time and is often tardy for class.
The issue: Kids with ADHD often have trouble planning and keeping track of time.

Is Unexpectedly Rude
At home: Your child says mean things to you and to siblings for no reason.
At school: Your child gets into trouble for correcting teachers and challenging authority.
The issue: Kids with ADHD might speak without thinking about the consequences of what they say.

Flakes on Important Things
At home: Your child forgets to pick up younger siblings at school.
At school: Your child is often missing homework and doesn’t complete long-term assignments.
The issue: Kids with ADHD can have trouble with organization and follow-through.

Loses Track of Belongings
At home: Your child never puts the car keys in the same place, so nobody can find them.
At school: Your child is always borrowing materials because he left his stuff somewhere.
The issue: Kids with ADHD often have trouble coming up with organization strategies.
Graphic of ADHD: What you're seeing in your high-schooler
Graphic of ADHD: What you're seeing in your high-schooler

About the Author

Portrait of Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Bob Cunningham, M.A., Ed.M. Dec 04, 2013 Dec 04, 2013

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