How will this summer go for your children? Now is the time to begin thinking and planning ahead to ensure that your student has adequate supervision and structure this summer.

There are several ways to get information on the variety of activities and summer experiences available in your community. Ask teachers, neighbors, check out the “Y,” your school district, the local recreation commission and universities to see what is available.

Avoid worry about what students are doing while you are working and complaints about boredom by arranging some interesting experiences for your children. Perhaps have them try a new sport or attend a day camp through your local community. Students with ADHD have a higher rate of accidents in the summer than other students. Dr. Russell Barkley, a major researcher on issues related to ADHD, suggests that these children require more structure and supervision. Many children would be perfectly satisfied to play video games all day, but as parents, we are not happy with that!

Children who struggle in reading, math or written language are at greater risk for summer learning loss than other students. They may resist parent efforts to work with them. The constant negotiations to get them to read can make for a very unpleasant summer for adults and children. Springer’s “Adventures in Summer Learning” may be one solution to end the conflict. The program has options for students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Private tutoring is another option to keep your child engaged in some type of meaningful academic work. Plan now so your children return to school for the Fall Semester confident in their academic skills.

Blogger Mary Ann Mulcahey, PhD, shares her expertise in assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities and ADHD, and the social/emotional adjustment to those issues. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann at mmulcahey@springer-ld.org


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