Summer is a great time for kids with ADHD to explore creative, athletic, and academic interests and make friends outside of school. Kids with ADHD struggle socially and academically throughout the school year. So, even more than most kids, they need access to summer programs that allow them to test out new skills social, athletic, artistic, and academic skills in a warm, safe environment.
Your child’s summer plan should be two-fold. First, it should include camp experiences that allow them to do the things they already enjoy and develop new skills by trying out sports and arts that they’ve never done before. Second, it should include an educational plan that will keep them from backsliding over the summer. Kids with ADHD need academic support year round to maintain their skills and be prepared for school in the fall.
This week we’ll talk about strategies for finding the right summer camps and social programs for your kids. Next week, we’ll talk about how to avoid academic backsliding over the summer.
As all parents of kids with ADHD know, finding the right summer camp is challenge! Here are some things to look for in a camp that’s a good fit for your child:
Most importantly, the camp should be someplace that both you and your child are excited about!
Mary Rooney, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. Dr Rooney is a researcher and clinician specializing in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD and co-occurring behavioral, anxiety, and mood disorders. A strong advocate for those with attention and behavior problems, Dr. Rooney is committed to developing and providing comprehensive, cutting edge treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of each child and adolescent. Dr. Rooney's clinical interventions and research avenues emphasize working closely with parents and teachers to create supportive, structured home and school environments that enable children and adolescents to reach their full potential. In addition, Dr. Rooney serves as a consultant and ADHD expert to Huntington Learning Centers.
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