ADD and Summer Transitions

To accompany you and your children on the journey into summer, we offer up these three helpful articles from our archives. Enjoy!

Saturday May 1st - 2:52pm

Filed Under: Summer for ADHD Kids
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As May comes to an end, we get ready for big changes that may lie waiting in the road ahead. Schools close their doors for the summer, but high school and college students across the country trade in their school desks for desk jobs as they transform themselves into summer interns. Further along the road, we tip our hats to this year's college grads as they make their way into the real world of new cities, first jobs, and their own apartments. And for those on the road (to camps, vacation spots, and family reunions), we weigh the benefits of continuing with medication therapy during summer break. To accompany you and your children on the journey into summer, we offer up these three helpful articles from our archives. Enjoy!

The staff of ADDitude

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Getting a Life by Sandy Maynard

And you thought the jump from high school to college seemed like a big leap? For young adults emerging from four years in the (relatively) structured environment of college dorms classes, and cafeterias to a life that is entirely their own, the change can be daunting. Not to fearCoach Sandy steps in with helpful tips for making a smooth transition.

The Inside Scoop on Internships by Christine Brady

Christine Brady explains the internship process, from scouting out opportunities and submitting applications to networking and getting along with co-workers. She encourages teens making plans for the summer to consider applying for an internship in favor of the regular stint flipping burgers at the local drive-through.

Summer: Time To Give Your Child A Medicine Break? by Larry Silver, M.D.

Dr. Silver writes about one big change that needn't take place during the summer. When Ritalin was first prescribed in the 1950s, doctors advised parents to schedule breaks from the medication during weekends and school vacations, but medical studies conducted in the ensuing decades proved the long-term safety of stimulant use. Dr. Silver helps parents make the decision whether or not to stop medication for the summer.

In the News

  • Research suggests that too much television increases toddlers' risks of developing symptoms of AD/HD. [full story]
  • Experts worried about the undertreatment of AD/HD among African Americans. [full story]
  • Study fails to prove effectiveness of the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, found in flax seeds and fish oil. [full story]
  • Parents use unproven alternative therapies for AD/HD. [full story]
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