The temperatures are rising and school will soon be out for the summer. Parents of children with ADHD often find summer vacations stressful and difficult for all family members with or without ADHD and learning issues. Providing summer coaching for children with ADHD helps parents step back a bit and “destress” while still being a part of the coaching process.
Parents, here are a few tips to get you started on the path to a great summer.
1. Keep up with daily routines as best possible. Sudden shifts in sleep/wake times, meal & medication times can cause havoc for your children.
2. Anticipate problems and help with transitions – vacation travel, camp, rainy days.
3. Remind your children of the rules and expected behavior in advance.
4. Give warnings before a change in activity. This is extremely helpful for children with AD/HD!
5. Use a warning signal to alert your child to stop if a problem is developing.
6. Intervene and re-direct discreetly before the problem accelerates. DO NOT to criticize your child in front of others.
7. Be firm and consistent but calm and kind. If action must be taken to stop inappropriate behavior, respond as quickly, firmly and kindly as possible. It is important to avoid embarrassment and humiliation to preserve self-esteem.
8. Most importantly, remind yourself that your child with ADHD, as well as your other children, is a caring child who wants to have fun and need to feel accepted by others. A positive attitude and a sense of humor will help everyone involved!