How can I help my child with ADHD choose a career?

Many parents have quite a narrow definition of what career success means for their children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This kind of limited expectation leads to undue pressures on the child to select an area of interest that conforms to conventional notions of prestigious careers. You and your child can work together to create a list of careers that sound like a lot of fun to your child. Try to put your expectations and anxieties about your child's future on hold for this exercise and just explore the career possibilities. As an example, if your child loves action and adventure and thinks being a policeman would be a great idea, don't squash that idea by saying something like, "That's too dangerous! Pick something else." At this point, you are simply trying to gather career choices that thrill your child and fit with his intense interests. Also, try not to worry for now about how much financial success a certain interest might have. Just let your child research areas of interest -- artistic expression, sports, trains, cars, military -- whatever your child thinks would be great.

Once you have picked as many career choices as possible, ask your child to select five that seem better than all the rest. Do more research together on these five, asking your friends and family if they know people who do these jobs and even trying to get an interview with at least one person who works in one of your child's top five picks. Your child should do the interview, but you can help by facilitating the meeting. For example, you might invite the person over for lunch. If your child is younger, you can help by trying to find a way to spend a day around people who do what your child loves. It may be as simple as going to a train museum if your child love trains, or taking him with you to the car repair shop if he loves cars.
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