Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) frequently exhibit concerns with regard to their executive functioning including organization, initiation, time management, and ability to transition between tasks. The school year often provides a natural structure and organization for children as the daily expectations are often clearly stated. Summertime can often provide a source of frustration for these children (and parents) as the days may not be as structured and routine. It is important to try to keep daily events organized and structured so that the child has clear expectations as to what to expect. Some strategies that might prove beneficial are listed below.
Strategies to Organize the Summer for a Child With ADHD:
- Try to keep daily routines the same. Have the time the child wakes up, meal time, bed time the same as much as possible.
- Have an organized plan for the week. Try to set up a calendar and list of weekly events in a clearly stated place. Make sure the child is well aware of the schedule.
- If there are any changes in routine, plan on informing the child as soon as possible about the change.
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