Every summer I worry that my daughter, Natalie, will lose the academic skills it took her all year to attain. If you have a child diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and/or learning disabilities (LD), I’m sure you worry about this "summer slide," too. So what’s the best way to help our children hold on to what they have learned?
Two words: summer reading. According to James S. Kim, Ed.D., assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, kids who read during the summer tend to be better prepared academically -- and need less review -- for to prepare for back-to-school in the fal. (See ADDitude's ADHD Child's Summer Reading List.)
This article appears in the Summer 2010 issue of ADDitude.
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