Holidays with children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) always pose a challenge for parents. Although this period is faced with great enthusiasm for the time and activities that the whole family enjoys together, some recommendations should also be taken into account so
Holidays with children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) always pose a challenge for parents.
Although this period is faced with great enthusiasm for the time and activities that the whole family enjoys together, some recommendations should also be taken into account so that the children do not suffer from the change of the usual routines.
Routines for hyperactive children
Holidays mean that parents share more hours with their children. It is important to know that children with ADHD tend to get bored more easily and require more stimulating activities, according to the Spanish Federation of Associations for Assistance to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (FEAADAH).
In addition, children who suffer from this disorder respond better to plans that have a schedule and an established routine. For this reason, parents should plan the holidays in advance, follow some neat tasks with which the child feels comfortable, since, often, it is difficult for them to manage the time they have available for the activities. Recommendations for vacations
According to the
guide for parents published by the FEAADAH, during the holidays with children with ADHD, recommendations can be followed to prevent the breakdown of routines affecting the children: -Continue with the usual routines as much as possible. Care must be taken that children
maintain the food and sleep schedules they have during the school year. -Involving the children in the preparations for the holidays. If the family is going on a trip, the parents can include the children in the preparations so that they stay calm and feel useful, for example, they can pack their bags together
. -Review with the children thenorms and expectations
. If holidays imply that the family moves to a place different from the habitual domicile, the parents should clarify to the children that the same rules of the home and the habitual proper behaviors are maintained. -Planning educational activities. Include in the holidays plans that stimulate yoursocial skills
and creativity, for example a workshop or a summer camp. -The parents should rest too. It must be borne in mind that if the mother or father has a state of anxiety, tired or tense during this period, this will be transmitted to the child, that is why it is important that the adults rest
and maintain an optimal environment at home or on the trip, so your child does not get stressed. Sources: Spanish Federation of Associations to Help with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder