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Face the music.

What you can do

Pay attention to whether background music helps your child stick with a project or if it’s too much of a distraction. The same goes for conversation. Does talking help keep him from getting bored or is it too draining to have to focus on two things at once?

Help your child come up with polite ways to exit conversations and reduce other distractions while working on a project.

What you can say

“Jacob, I know you like to listen to music, but it seems to be distracting you from your homework. I recommend you do a little experiment. Pick some music that has no lyrics and see if listening to that on your headphones helps you focus on your work.”

Why this will help

Teens with learning and attention issues often need a certain level of stimulation to stave off boredom and stay focused on their work. The trick is finding the right amount of stimulation. Headphones can help block out other sounds that, combined with the music, might be too distracting.

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