If you’re caring for children with ADHD over the summer, you might be wondering how to help them flourish, especially when faced with the free time that comes along with school breaks. Here are some tips from the pediatricians at Woodburn Pediatric Clinic to help your child with ADHD thrive this summer:
Develop a Summer Routine
Kids thrive on routine, and while summer break might not offer as much structure as the school year, there are steps you can take to develop a reliable summer routine. Whenever possible, develop a routine around wake-up times, meal times, and bedtime. Providing consistency in these areas can help reduce stress and improve behavior, especially in children with ADHD.
Encourage Physical Activity
While not all children with ADHD will flourish on sports teams, any sort of physical activity can help keep them happy and healthy over the summer. Pay attention to your child’s unique strengths and weaknesses, and choose a physical activity that blends well with their personality. Running and ADHD, for example, tend to go well together, as long-distance running can be a solitary activity or a group activity. You might also consider summer activities like martial arts, which promote physical fitness and discipline.
Cultivate a Solo Summer Project
Summer learning loss can be especially problematic in children with ADHD. By helping your child cultivate a solo summer project, you can help keep their brains sharp during the summer months. Children with ADHD tend to have deep interests, so let them choose a subject to explore and help them meet frequent stepping stones to attain these individual goals. If your child is self-motivated, you can even encourage them to take an online course in a subject they love.
Find a Local Club
You can help your child thrive socially by finding a local club for them to join. Think about your child’s interests, their particular strengths, and areas they have room to grow, and try to find a club that might help them strengthen old skills and develop new ones. Some examples of clubs include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, volunteer groups, drama clubs, book clubs, robotics groups, and more.
At Woodburn Pediatrics, we offer general pediatric services, mental health services, and care coordination for children with ADHD. You can also follow our Children’s Health Education Blog for additional ADHD resources.