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How to Avoid Summer Vacation Cognitive Loss

summer vacation reSummer vacation means sleeping late, staying up late, and doing very little except enjoying time out of school. However, did you know that the average student loses one to three months math and reading gains made over the prior year? Academic losses are so common among students that educators have given the phenomena a name: Summer Brain Drain. This makes starting the following school year difficult.

Summer Brain Drain may even be worse for ADHD students already having trouble with schoolwork.

Going to school daily, even if it is online schooling as many are doing now, provides schedules and routines. The summer break means those routines aren't there. Expectations are lowered or relaxed. Even sleep schedules are often totally abandoned.

Unfortunately, exercise is often replaced with computer time, watching movies, or playing video games with friends. That's a bad idea. While there's nothing wrong with playing video games or watching movies, sedentary activity must always be balanced with exercise. This is especially important for an ADHD student.

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Here are some tips that can help prevent Summer Brain Drain:

Start Play Attention.

Take advantage of the summer months to start your customized Play Attention program! Summer is a great time to start Play Attention. You will have the time to get a solid routine, begin strengthening cognitive skills and work on eliminating distracting behaviors. Play Attention is the only program available that integrates feedback technology, attention training, memory training, cognitive skill training, and behavior shaping. This guarantees you will have the most complete program available with the best possible outcomes.

Attend our informational webinar to learn how Play Attention can keep skills sharp and strengthened this summer!


Decrease reading losses by developing a fun reading plan with your child. Select reading level appropriate books and have fun discussing them and even acting out some scenes!

Set a sleep schedule.

Sleeping late is fine as long as its balanced with proper exercise and proper bedtime. Remember your teen will need far more sleep than your 6 - 12 year old.

Get outside a lot.

Working in the yard promotes better attention. No kidding! Being in a green environment has been shown to decrease attention problems, so get outside and play!

Establish a balanced diet.

The high fat, high sugar diet commonly consumed in the US has been shown to contribute greatly to attention issues as well as obesity. Avoid too much fast food even though its convenient. Dinner time at the table with a balanced meal promotes both family harmony and good health.

For even more tips, attend our Summer Survival Guide webinar.