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10 Tips to Stop Summer Learning Loss

The time has come around again. Summertime. Recent analysis shows that most teens with ADHD and Autism (ASD) lose 2 to 3 months of academic skills. Fortunately here are strategies to prevent losses. There are also specific ones based on the disability as well. Here we go!

The brain is a muscle. You must exercise it to stay strong. If not, there is a loss of reading skills and comprehension. That includes high school and college content knowledge too.

During the summer months, students with ADHD and Autism tread water. However, they are more likely to fall behind. These losses accumulate over time. This accelerated gap results from the remedial skills that remain unsupported.

  • Join peer groups (social skills).
  • Get a job/internship.
  • Play crossword puzzles/math games.
  • Research travel locations.
  • Pursue summer education/treatment camps.

It’s helpful for teens and young adults with ADHD and Autism to have a daily plan. Provide certain days for specific activities. Assign chores with break times. Don’t forget to reward effort.

Some strategies are specific to ADHD and Autism. How can you tell the difference? Address specific characteristics.

ADHD Strategies

  • Address “I’m bored” with activities that stimulate the mind and body.
  • Incorporate the Mediterranean Diet.
  • Schedule family relationships.
  • “Write in” fun projects (song lyrics, blogs, movies).
  • Consider taking a medication vacation.

Autism Strategies

  • Provide hands-on activities.
  • Reinforce academic habits.
  • Practice communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Mirror school accommodations (IEP).
  • Integrate a variety of coping skills.

Creativity and “our kids” go hand-in-hand. Take advantage of them and exploit their gifts. Bring friends into the picture for added fun.

Focusing on closing, the summer slide is important to the overall performance of students with ADHD and Autism. Keep in mind, take a break from learning one way and instead learn in another.

Remember…they call it “break” for a reason.

What is your favorite non-traditional learning activity?

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