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Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults

Slow Processing Speed

My 17 year old son has ADD and has a part-time job that he loves.  His boss, who is a friend of the family, has expressed to our son that he needs to work more productively and efficiently.  The job requires washing and some maintenance of ATVs.  My husband and I are familiar with this aspect of ADD, however, I am not sure how to help our son.  It is not always feasible for him to use his iPhone alarm.  His boss is a great guy but business is business and it would crush our son to lose this job and the friendships he has developed.


I know each kiddo is different, but my son had a similar experience at his first job, which ironically was in fast food. (that was a family joke for awhile) My son also processes slowly, and shortly after starting his first job his boss expressed concern that my son would not be able to keep up with the pace particularly at the cash register.  My son really loved his job and on his own, pulled aside the manager and explained that he has ADD and which makes it difficult for him to process quickly and to understand multiple requests at the same time. The boss appreciated my son’s honesty and gave him a second chance. Flash forward three years, my son is still working there and has made progress on his own and the management understand his style better. I know this won’t work in all situations, but it may be worth a shot especially since he really enjoys this job.

Posted by Nemo on Nov 05, 2013 at 12:07am

My daughter had a month therapy based on speeding up multitasking shores: while reading a book with the therapist, keeping in mind to attend the phone, then in a certain moment, performing some other thing like remembering something else to do. It worked for so many of teenage ADDs teens.

However I would recommend to search for what your son really love to do. ADD people are gifted in many ways. The way the operate is simply different. My daughter performs excellent while she is doing something she loves and someone notes that.

Posted by concernmom on Nov 05, 2013 at 12:46pm


I found an article on, Brain Training Tools: More Attention, Less Deficit,, that you might find helpful. There are tools to improve processing speed that help some individuals with ADHD. I would think the longer he does the job, the more efficient he will become as well.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 05, 2013 at 6:51pm

Thanks to all of you for your great advice.  My husband spoke to my son’s boss and while I don’t think he truly grasps ADD, he is looking for ways to help our son with efficiency and time management.

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