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Chronological age and developmental ages do not always match up. Work with the behavior that shows up, maintaining the pattern of connecting actions to consequences. For example, boys with ADHD tend to mature socially much later than their physical body may indicate. A strapping football player (age 15) may be much closer to age 12 in social skills. Girls with ADD or ADHD may tend to look and act maturer than their chronological age would indicate. Physical development does not always correspond with psychological age.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|