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My┬áson was diagnosed with ADHD/attention deficit disorder at the age of three years old. I’ve had him tested numerous times just to be sure that it is correct diagnosis. He is now showing signs of pushing the boundaries which I think is quite normal for a teenager however I’m wondering if anyone could help me with any ideas of groups or camps, he could join for activities as he is quite a timid child and very emotional at times?


Posted by kayc.64, 4th June 2014


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  • Hate to break it you, but most 16 yo don’t like authority. You just gotta weight til he grows out of it and hopefully survives it


  • I think all 16yo have authority issues, I know I did and that’s many years ago now!


  • First of all I think no 16yr old likes to submit to authority and many of them might like to push the boundaries (I certainly did when I was 16).
    Did you succeed to find a group for teens with ADHD ?
    I don’t know if you’re religious, but at Hillsong church they provide one-on-one support for kids with a disability/disorder within the main groups activities for each age group.


  • A friend of my daughter who is about your sons age joined a martial arts group and has been thriving ever since. He’s now a motivated and lovely young man.


  • I was a challenge at this age too. You’ll need to work out with your son what he’s interested in and what he wants to do


  • Wow, what 16 yo doesn’t challenge authority?! My son liked Cubs/scouts and the army cadets were popular. We also found a sport he was interested in. It all helps.


  • Maybe a youth group would be good?


  • I’m not sure about groups or camps unfortunately but I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was younger & from what I remember I was a horrible child/teenager, I was medicated & then weened myself off the medecation, I am fine now – I think I just either learnt how to cope, or I grew out of it. If he is medicated, it should be working, if not – maybe the doses/brand need to be changed. I think you should talk to a specialist.

    Good luck, I hope it all works out.


  • Thank you so very much MRS BUCKET (THAT’S PRONOUNCED BOUQUET) ! I would be so very grateful for your time and assistant if you could give me some names of some camps& groups , I have spoken to my son paediatrician on many occasions but he did’t help much at all ,i truly want to make a difference but all so make sure I do my job as his parents not just ignore the issues we live near parramatta New South Wales, thank you so very much for you advice its much appreciated


  • Thank you so very much MRS BUCKET (THAT’S PRONOUNCED BOUQUET) ! I would be so very grateful for your time and assistant if you could give me some names of some camps& groups , I have spoken to my son paediatrician on many occasions but he did’t help much at all ,i truly want to make a difference but all so make sure I do my job as his parents not just ignore the issues we live near parramatta New South Wales, thank you so very much for you advice its much appreciated


  • Some volunteering helping others that are less fortunate could work wonders


  • I would try like the YMCA or boys & girls clubs . All depends on what he is into . I would say see if there are any youth groups ( church groups ) some times they have sleep overs as play video game or what ever . Maybe Music lesson if that is more up his alley


  • depending on where you live contact your local community centre or police station and they might have some resources, he too has ADHD and shines out on the water. He takes control and enjoys the whole day by getting the boat ready for other and helping out the teachers.


  • Maybe go to your gp they should have a list of support groups for your son and for yourself.


  • If your son goes to an ADHD group/camp he may just learn bad behaviour from others. I know of a case and the physciatriat then actually recommended against it. I don’t know if there is a Parents Support Group. If your son could stay with somebody he is comfortable with while you go or just one of you go, you may be able to find out different strategies. Some Police have Police Rangers. I don’t know what the criteria is. I know there is studying involved. If he is able to overcome his associated medical issues as well as shyness, who knows he may become a Police Officer. I know of some who had the option to do that.


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