A Summer Fitness Routine for Your Child’s Brain
> Uncover special interests. Many a kid with ADHD comes to be known as the “problem” child, and teachers, parents, and coaches lower their expectations for him. This can affect a child’s self-esteem and decrease his motivation to try something new. Counteract this hit to your child’s self-esteem by helping him discover and celebrate his own strengths by exploring and developing a special interest. Has your child expressed an interest in photography, playing the violin, or learning robotics? Find a workshop or camp that caters to his gifts.
> Exercise all of the brain. Many students with ADHD are gifted, especially in left-brain skills (see sidebar). When we create better balance in the brain by stimulating both sides of the brain, as we do at Brain Balance Centers, kids are able to tap into their strengths, instead of being pulled down by their weaknesses. By committing to a program of exercising the brain, you can maintain a routine and strengthen important skills at the same time.
> Keep it loose—and boring. Parents mistakenly think that, if their child is bored during the summer, they are failing as parents. One of the best things you can give your child is the gift of boredom. Daydreaming on a lazy summer day should be part of every child’s life. Let your child entertain herself by using her imagination. Your children will amaze you by designing an obstacle course or planning a scavenger hunt. Let your kid be a kid!