Wednesday, May 12, 2010

#36 Plans for Summer

As we approach summer break in the northern hemisphere, I'm wondering what y'all are planning for your children's summer activities.

Our plans for Jack are a bit up in the air. He'll continue gymnastics (it's keeping him out of PT) and his regular therapy, and he'll attend extended school year. His intervention specialist is sending home summer work for him, which will take a few minutes every day. Beyond that, I have nothing planned but am looking at VBS and Ranger Camp as short-term activities.

So, what are your plans for summer for you children?


Lisa said...

Im looking forward to summer, but it always brings stress into my son's life because we are missing structure. I saw a cool tennis camp that I thought he would like, but he doesn't want to be tied down to anything. He has a pretty low threshold for activities so whatever it is has to be short in duration. I know that computer time will be always looming. We have a schedule during the school year, but I am curious how to monitor that during summer. I don't want him to give up activities just so he doesn't miss his scheduled computer time. Maybe I'll have a total amount per week that can "flex" over multiple days with a day limit. All of this seems incredibly anal, but it helps to keep the sanity ( a little).
For me, I want to make sure that I wake up early enough to have some time for me so I am not trying to squeeze it in when I need to be available for the boys. As they get older, it gets trickier. They are self-sufficient for a long period of time, but they need you "immediately" at times.
I am trying to go with the flow - as much as possible.
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JoLynn said...

Max will be spending summer at home for the first time in four years. Day care is done... over... finished... and my bank account is sighing relief. I have several activities that OT and DT sent home for us to use over the summer. Also, we are working with the PLAY Project... very interesting stuff. I am opting out of summer school for Max this year. Our district has what it calls "autism camp," and a friend told me that her daughter learned more bad habits than good ones when she attended.

So, we'll hit the local pool (with its acres of overstimulation) and do the local library reading program... and pretend for just a little while that we are having the same type of summer any "typical" family would. Sounding delusional, aren't I? It's a happy type of delusion, though...

Susan Raihala said...

Wow, JoLynn, that sounds wonderful! I hope it is a relaxing time for you and for Max.

Barb Nelson said...

I'm a bit worried about summer, as usual. For now, we are only signed up for swimming lessons, so DS will hopefully overcome his fear of getting his face in the water.

I'm fortunate enough to live near my parents, so the kiddos will spend one day a week with Grandma and Grandpa. The kids love it and it gives me a much needed break each week.

I try to have a mini-schedule for the summer:
Mon - Library
Tues - Neighborhood play group
Wed - Grandma and Grandpa's
Thurs - Farmers Market
Fri - Beach or Park
For us, it's nice to have one thing that he know for certain that we will be doing each day, but we are not over-scheduled.

Laura O'Donnell said...

My little guy gets a 2 week break in June and a 2 week break in August, and I'm a little worried about it. He's only been in his autistic support class since April but he's adjusted to it really well. He goes 4 days a week, and once on an off day I was taking him out with me to do some errands and he started walking down the driveway to go to the bus stop. I think he would've rather gone to school. We still get TSS and mobile therapist so he'll have that during vacation. Other than that I'm hoping to set up some playdates with his regular playgroup and the other moms in his class who are in the same boat as me.

Susan Raihala said...

Barb, I'm going to operate pretty much like activity a day. At least until summer school starts. I decided to pass on VBS this year, too. Our church's VBS has grown so big as to be useless to sensory-sensitive kids. It's great for the typicals, though!

Jack has school/therapy work to do each day, but not much.

Laura, I hope your little guy handles the breaks well.

Lisa, going with the flow is soooo hard sometimes, isn't it? I get into doing something and it's hard to shift gears sometimes when the boys interrupt.