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How To Keep a Child With ADHD Happy and Healthy Over the Summer

The ADHD child can be a challenge. Get creative and engage their need to be active, creative, and free to enjoy life.


  • Step 1: Arrange opportunities for your child to feel useful by assigning small chores that can be accomplished and are visible enough to earn them recognition.
  • Step 2: Remember that ADHD children need to be given alternatives. Create Plan B, just in case.
  • TIP: Avoid sugary foods and drinks and caffeine, which can deplete an ADHD sufferer's energy.
  • TIP: Keep consistent bed time] Get them to bed on time consistently, only allowing the child to stay up later on weekends or for big events. Their active minds need a full night's rest.
  • FACT: Boys are almost 50 percent more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Step 3: Invent learning exercises to keep academics at the forefront. Make the assignments short and interactive.
  • Step 4: Arrange play dates with friends and schoolmates. If you're not hosting, volunteer to help out the host parents
  • Step 5: Consider cutting back on your child's medication dosage.
  • Step 6: Provide the structure that your child needs and that school maintains by setting expectations. Enforce rules, keep a schedule, and give rewards for cooperation.
  • Step 7: Make a list of activities and outings, but let the child participate or vote on items so that they are invested.
  • TIP: Keep activities and projects short and clearly focused.
  • : Consult your physician before altering medication or dosage or making major changes to your child's routine.

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