When faced with an extended period of time off school, it’s exciting to be free from schedules and homework. Fear strikes when you realize no school means no routines and nothing for the kids to do all day. But have no fear! There are ways to make your time off fun, maybe even fruitful. You could even get a bit of mom time in!
Kids with an ADD diagnosis can benefit so much from the strategies we use with visual learners because most are visual, right brain thinkers struggling to focus their big picture thinking enough to get their work done at school. ADDitude magazine agrees with me and I got published in their spring edition!
As parents and grandparents, we want to provide our children the best start to their lives as possible. When your child is struggling at school, you want to find an answer to how to help them succeed. In my book, Being Visual, I talk about the importance of understanding each child’s learning style and how it affects the school experience.
I did it. I bought a weighted blanket. I liked it so much, I bought three weighted blankets. I had read about the benefits of weighted blankets for so long but never acted, so finally, I took the plunge.
Two weeks off school. Off schedules. Off homework. Off routines. Maybe even a few extra days off work for mom and dad. Sounds so good. Until reality sets in. 12 days of kids at home. No school. No schedules. No homework. No routines. YIKES!! If you or your child have ADD – double YIKES!!!
If your child is struggling with focus, testing and some academic work, there is no understanding, no work around, no assistance for them as visual learners. But if your child is unfocused, distracted, struggling academically, and diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, help is available in the form of a 504 learning plan.
ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, is used to describe kids who can’t sit still, focus or follow directions, are easily distracted, seem bored and cannot get or stay organized. The good news is – for the majority, none of this is about a deficit – or a disorder.