The brilliant ADHD brain can make writing that essay very difficult.
Tip: When your teen has difficulty with writing, ask them questions to give them a structure of what to write about.
For example, what are 3 points you want to make about this topic (fill in the blank). You may get a lot of twists and turns, so listen carefully and pull out those 3 points, maybe even write them down for your teen.
Following, ask your teen to take one point at a time and think or research 3 ideas to support each point. Talk it out with them and take notes on what stood out for you. This allows for a momentum or flow to begin, so your teen doesn’t get distracted by all the other ideas that could, and often does, enter their ADHD mind.
Overall, talking about, or even dictating to you, what they want to write about and supporting points is extremely beneficial for the teen with ADHD. It reduces wasted time with writing on unrelated tangents, getting stuck, and feeling frustrated because writing can be so challenging for them due to the requirements of staying focused and on topic.
Lastly, ask your teen to write the conclusion first. For many teens with ADHD, the conclusion is their message and beginning with the ending, clarifies their main points so they have a structure or direction from which to flesh things out.