Finding a Special Project for a Grandson

Filed Under: Grandparents of Kids with ADHD, Summer for ADHD Kids

Q:

"I will have my 11-year-old grandson with me for the summer. He has ADD. What can I do to work with him as a special project? It is just he and I for the most part, and we work well together." - BJS, Florida

A:

How wonderful! Eleven is just such a magical age. The most important consideration in choosing a project is that it be something that interests your grandson, so he will be less likely to get bored with it. What are his interests? Is he artistic? Is he mechanically inclined? Does he like to be outside or inside? Is he active? Is sitting still a challenge for him? Does he need a quite atmosphere to stay focused? What is he most curious about? Does Science spark his interest? Will going to the library to research and collect information for the project be possible? These are all questions that you can ask him before beginning your summer adventure... and at age 11, I am sure it will be an adventure!

Children that age are naturally still full of curiosity and have endless reserves of energy for the things that interest them. The key is to discover what will spark that interest and keep it alive. A good chat with him about his likes and dislikes is the place to start. Take care and have a summer to remember!

Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.
 
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