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Sunny Days and Engaging Ways: Tips for Your ADHD Child

Summer is the perfect time to explore new activities while maintaining the structure that children with ADHD find reassuring. Here are some engaging ways to keep your child happily occupied and thriving during the summer months:

Young autistic boy sits with his sister in the yard during the summer months.

Structured Choices

Provide options within a structured framework to give your child a sense of control while keeping their day predictable. Whether it’s choosing between a morning at the park or a craft activity at home, structured choices help manage indecision and keep the day filled with exciting, planned activities.

Outdoor Activities

Summer is ideal for energy-burning activities that children with ADHD often benefit from. Organize outings like hiking, nature walks, or a neighborhood treasure hunt. These activities not only keep energy levels in check but also boost mood and provide sensory experiences.

Creative Outlets

Set up a dedicated space for creative activities such as painting, drawing, or simple DIY crafts. These activities encourage self-expression and focus, and they can be a calming influence on hyperactive minds.

Reading Time

Incorporate quiet time with books into your daily routine. Choose engaging and age-appropriate books that spark interest. This can be a tranquil activity that helps them slow down and unwind, especially useful for hyperactive days.

Regular Routines

Despite the relaxed pace of summer, maintaining a consistent daily routine is key in managing ADHD symptoms. Try to keep regular meal times, sleep schedules, and activity blocks. Routines provide a sense of security and can make transitions throughout the day smoother.

By incorporating these tips into your summer schedule, you can ensure that your child has a fulfilling and joyful summer, while also catering to their needs for structure and stimulation.

Summer Reading List for All Ages

Young autistic boys sits in the grass reading a recommended book by Georgia Autism Center.

Young Children (Ages 3-5)

Hello, World! Ocean Life” by Jill McDonald - a bright and engaging introduction to sea creatures.

Children (Ages 6-9)

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin” by Julia Finley Mosca - inspiring biography of Temple Grandin, focusing on her unique perspective.

Pre-Teens (Ages 10-13)

Rules” by Cynthia Lord - a touching story about the challenges and joys of having an autistic brother.

Older Teens (Ages 14 and up)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon is an excellent choice. This novel features a protagonist with autism, Christopher Boone, who embarks on a journey to solve the mystery of a neighborhood dog’s death. The story is engaging and provides a unique perspective into the thought processes of someone with autism, making it both enlightening and relatable.


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