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When my son was diagnosed with ADHD at 6, the most important information I learned was there is often a maturity lag that many children with ADHD experience. NIMH has posted a study that shows the brain matures more slowly when a child had ADHD. When I began thinking about my son's behavior as reflecting an earlier age than his chronoligical age, I began to respond more appropriately. Today he is 27 and is an outstanding 23 year old. Just graduated from college with great grades and has just started a full time job in his field. He is my late bloomer but has bloomed beautifully.
So remember our children's chronological age is often misleading. This is particularly important in the teen years when our kids are not ready to deal with many of the peer pressures and expectations. We need to provide the structure, love and support to help them negotiate these challenging years. Not easy, but better than hitting my head against the wall and expecting him to be more mature. Tthe good news is they do catch up over time.