I know a lot of parents out there dread summer break, but I’m not one of them. In fact, I start counting down the months, weeks, and days in about March of each year, when I realize another school year has been wasted fighting for an appropriate education due to my son’s ADHD, autism, dysgraphia, and severe executive functioning deficits. As of this writing, there are 9.5 days left. My son and I cheer about the number as we arrive at the curb of the middle school for drop off, and as we pull away each afternoon for the final few weeks (it reduces his stress).
The summer dread is understandable. It’s tough to entertain kids who are perseverating on their boredom at home, every minute of every day. Summer break doesn’t have to be chaotic and tedious, even with ADHD. There are many strategies you can employ to reduce behavior issues this summer, and increase the moments of joy and thriving. Here are the most effective: