Children have plenty of free time during the summer once the school year ends. With all this time and nothing to do, children find themselves becoming bored or getting into trouble. Those with Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) may find that their symptoms are more noticeable during this time. Since the summertime often lacks a schedule, children with ADHD are quick to try to find ways to stimulate themselves by being active. Although summer often calls for playtime, having structure in a child’s schedule helps them to stay out of trouble and continue to exercise their body and mind. The best way to help children with ADHD stay healthy and happy in the summer is to establish a schedule. Try some of the following to keep your children occupied this summer:
- Create a daily schedule with explicit times so that your child knows when each activity starts and ends.
- Keep a morning and bedtime routine.
- Encourage children to step away from their electronics for the day and play outside – at least while it’s light out.
- Maintain regular meal and snack times.
- Pre-plan activities for your child – whether it’s arts and crafts, a family trip to the beach, or even some simple chores around the house.
- Have your child keep a reading log and encourage reading before night time. You can offer a reward for reading a certain amount of minutes. This will provide incentive for your child to partake in an activity that will help them wind down for bed time.
- Allow your child to try new things. Summer is a time for creativity and fun, so urge your child to pursue a new hobby or skill (with your supervision and permission, of course).
- If your child is on the older side, allow them to create their own schedule for the day. They will feel more independent and more willing to stick to it.
Summer is every kid’s favorite time, so be sure to do all you can to ensure your child has the best summer ever!
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Written by: Ellie Robbins