Lackluster and inconsistent motivation are part and parcel of ADHD. From a lack of self-confidence to a desire for autonomy (and its corollary, defiance), tweens and teens with ADHD struggle to get and stay motivated — especially on the tough stuff — for myriad reasons.Deficits in executive function (EF) — the brain tools that allow us to plan, organize, prioritize, initiate, and meet our goals — are a major contributor to motivation challenges in adolescents with ADHD.
Children and teens with ADHD experience a three-year delay in the development of their executive function skills, so it's almost certain they will require additional support to bolster their executive functioning skills and increase motivation.Read on to learn more about the executive function skills tied to motivation, the most significant EF challenges shared by parents in a recent ADDitude webinar, and expert strategies to improve each EF skill."How do you get them to start?
When the work piles up, my child gets overwhelmed and does not know when or how to start. I try to get my child to do homework, but they growl at me and say that 'they know' but still won’t do anything.""My son is 16 and has trouble getting started on a simple list of chores or homework without outside pressure, which usually means me (mom) resorting to a large amount of nagging."Next Steps: "How do you motivate kids for time-sensitive things?Read more on additudemag.com