Posted Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM
A good therapist should be able to help him with learning coping skills to improve his focus. (I think) My son has ADD and Aspergers (High-functioning autism) so focus probably isn't the main topic of his therapy sessions.
Most of the meds are stimulants except for Strattera. Strattera doesn't work as well as the stimulants, so it gets a little bit of a bad rap, but if your son has a mild case and you don't like the idea of giving him amphetamines, then it might be worth a shot.
I have no personal experience with the dietary restrictions. I've read stuff (anecdotal, not scientific) that claims it works and I've read articles claiming that science doesn't back it up. If your teen would actually cooperate with a whole foods, sugar-free diet, go for it. It would be good for them regardless.