Keys to a Successful Summer for ADHD Kids

How parents can plan for a fun, safe, and productive summer vacation for their ADHD children.

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Choose Appropriate Activities

Summer camp — sleep-away or day camp — can give your child opportunities to hone his social and athletic skills. The key is to find a summer program that offers activities your child can enjoy. (See ADDitude's Guide to Picking Sports for ADHD Children)

Does poor hand-eye coordination make it hard for your child to play baseball, soccer, or tennis? Find a camp that focuses on swimming, hiking, canoeing, and so on. If your child has trouble relating to peers, and has few friends, he might do best at a camp designed for ADDers. If he needs help with academics, you might find a camp that combines fun activities with daily tutoring sessions.

No matter what, make sure that your child has time to relax. Kids can’t be expected to go to school for nine months, and then spend the summer doing more schoolwork. Give them the break they need — and deserve.


This article comes from the April/May 2007 issue of ADDitude.

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