People with ADHD need some preparation and planning when it comes to summer time. The usual rigors of school and set schedule are gone. Here are 6 ways to ensure that your summer is a wonderful enjoyable time, instead of a nightmare.
People with ADHD thrive on structure and routine that reflects your child’s personality, family’s values, and your child’s needs. When it comes to structure, seek agreed upon plans with the child; posted around the house, anywhere that the reminders can be seen and adhered to.
We all know that Life doesn’t always follow correctly. Be vigilant that if foresee changes in the schedule coming up, act fast to alert the person with ADHD. We’ve all dealt with the frazzled blow-up that happens when something changes at the last minute. Seek to avoid that. Deal with blow-ups, broken rules, disrespectful behavior with the concept that the punishment matches the crime.
Be sure to discuss with people at camp about ADHD. In Richmond we have many awesome outdoor camps. My two favorite picks would be “Winshape Camps” and “Passages”. Specifically because they are mostly outdoor, highly engaging, and socially interacting. As for regular adventures, they can be anywhere. Letter-boxing, hands-on museums, fun historical tours – Richmond in particular is full of family fun things to do. For more info go to Macaroni Kid Richmond.
We live in the South, so beware of heat, review water safety, playground, bikes, skateboards, boats, bugs. Even though people with ADHD aren’t the greatest at following rules, most realize that the rules are there for your physical safety. Take time during each day to train them up with respect to personal hygiene, exercise, mental breaks, and relationship building.
I recently did a presentation to a group of corporate employees and we discussed the simple concept of making a better choice than yesterday. Very simple. We can always eat more vegetables, which have live carbohydrates and enzymes to help digest our food. Eat plenty of protein – fish, chicken, turkey, nut butters, and sparingly beef. Reduce sugar, artificial sweeteners and dairy. Just trust me on that one. Be excited to try new routines, new foods, new, games, new words, and even new emotions. Remember that people with ADHD like novelty, something new, different, weird, and fun.
6. Contribution/Self Esteem
Kids DO love to help – let them. Help them to become willing to do age-appropriate chores, things, and jobs. Praise and recognize them for it. Be on the lookout for ways to improve their Self Esteem by looking for them to do something right and Praise them.
Thank you for taking time to read this – please comment below and share any new ideas that you’ve found helpful. And have an awesome fun and safe summer.