ADDitude asked: How do you keep your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) child sharp during summer break to avoid summer learning loss? Most of you find creative ways to fit learning into this busy, fun-filled season, balancing academics with plenty of downtime.
"I sign up my child for a summer reading program. He likes getting the special prize each week. I also practice math with him while I'm cooking." -Angelique, Illinois
"I come up with learning opportunities for my child. My favorite is to create a treasure map and have him find the 'buried treasure.' There are clues and problems to solve, as well as rewards for paying special attention to details on the map." -Helen, Arizona
"Both of my sons are now in college, but we kept them sharp by playing board games, doing science and art projects, and reading aloud to them. We also took frequent camping trips, and I checked out books-on-tape that told us about our destinations. We listened and talked about them as we drove there." -Barbie, Missouri
"My four boys do some form of homework every day, even if we are traveling. They don't mind it, and it keeps them ahead of the game. It also gives them the structure that they need." -Brenda, California
"When my son was younger, we asked the school for next year's math textbook, and worked with him during the summer." -Barbara, Ohio
"Because my son's school doesn't follow his IEP, we spend time on vacation getting caught up on overdue work." -Crystal, Maine
"My child and I do half-days of home school throughout the summer." -A., New Hampshire
"I have my child read for 20 minutes every day and write a sentence or two in a daily journal. I also hire a math tutor. The rest is playtime." -Catherine, Ohio
"Summer is for fun, and kids deserve some unstructured downtime. As an educator, I realize that schools are required to use the beginning of the school year reviewing material for those students who forgot it or who have transferred from a different school district." -Cristi, Arizona
"Our family learns and has fun at the same time. We count butterflies on a path in the woods or identify fish in the ocean." -Kristy, New Jersey
Avoiding Summer ADD/ADHD Learning Loss
This article appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of ADDitude. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to ensure you don't miss a single issue.