ADHD and Summer Holidays

Michelle Fremah
January 16, 2024

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is recognised as one of the most common neurodevelopment disorders in childhood. Common signs include a short attention span as well as impulse behaviour which are usually highlighted when there is a change of circumstance in a child’s life, such as starting school. Most cases are diagnosed between ages 3-7 using a detailed assessment by a specialist.

Now the longer days and shorter nights welcome more of a reason to escape your usual habitat to a temporary location of your choice, however, this is not always the easiest for parents with children that have ADHD. The anticipatory dread of the unexpected can call for second-guessing in many guardians but this stress can be reduced by following a few simple steps:-

  1. Choose a location that is suited for your child. Preferably one that has a lot of outdoor space for them to run around. This decision can be made easier by including your child in the process when making that choice. An opportunity to also do some research and choose an interesting place to visit once you get to your destination is also a great way to welcome your travels.
  2. Give them advance notice of what is to come. You can opt to use a calendar to help you by marking out your departure date. Structure plays a big role in the life of a child with ADHD and so, therefore, providing an itinerary that includes a schedule encompassing things like meals and naps can help make travel plans smoother.
  3. Will your holiday circle include unfamiliar faces? Are you going to be staying with your family? It could help to print out pictures of them with a short story to help reduce the anxiety that may be experienced. Everyone should be aware of the typical issues that could arise with ADHD and how you will choose to respond so that everyone is comfortable.

Planning can help make holidaying a lot more pleasant so sit down, set your rules for the road and enjoy your time away.

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