Summer and Your Child with ADD

All of a sudden school is out and the children are home.  They are looking at you for activities, or they might assume they are beginning eight weeks of unlimited television, computer and video games.  Not your vision of summer?  Let’s think about it together.  Many families can provide their children with a week or two of camp at a local Y or scout camp.  But that still leaves a lot of summer free time.   Don’t get me wrong.  I think it’s great for children and parents to have a rest from tightly scheduled school year routines.  But we know that kids with ADD do better when they have some structure,  predictability and new things to look forward to.

Look around your area for low-cost, entertaining events and activities for children.  Many towns offer these.

  • Check out your local library.  A weekly trip to the library can be a pleasant outing.  Everyone gets books and maybe videos.  Free.  In addition, many libraries have fun summer reading  lists and related events for children.  There might be a story hour for younger children.
  • See whether your town offers events for children in the summer.  There might be a puppet show or a magic show.
  • Look for a public place to swim.  Many pools and beaches offer swim lessons and even swim teams for the summer.  It’s a great way to keep you child in shape and entertained for part of the day.
  • Team up with another family.  Perhaps you can share child care.   If you take the children one day, another Mom could take them on another day.  Both win.
  • Back at the library, find out whether they have passes to local museums.  I know that mine does.  You have to sign up in advance, but this could give you and your children something to look forward to.
  • While we’re on museums, they also are likely to offer activities for children in the summer.
  • Sign up for a fun class.  Again, check museums and town listings.  I’ve known children who took classes in rocketry (make your own), photography, and drawing.
  • Purchase a new toy that will keep you child entertained for awhile.  Get a new lego set, arts and crafts supplies, or a slip-n-slide.

I think you get the idea.  One can find activities that won’t break the bank.  Go ahead and take your children to an amusement park or a water park as well, but activites like these will fill the many days in between big events and camp.

Next week I’ll blog about setting a summer routine for those disorganized children with ADD and executive function disorder.



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