What To Do During Summer Months

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Many parents worry about their child regressing during the summer break from school. Parents should evaluate their child’s unique needs and plan ahead. There are multiple ways to keep your child progressing, even in the less structured summer months.

Extended School Year (ESY)

  • Students with IEPs may be eligible for summer school programming called Extended School Year (ESY)
    • Available to students who regress over school breaks
    • The IEP team will convene and determine if a student qualifies for ESY
    • If the student qualifies for ESY, the IEP team will then create an IEP for ESY services

Summer Camps

  • May be part-time or full-time
  • Schedule a meeting with camp directors to discuss if the camp can meet your child’s needs
  • If your child needs 1:1 assistance, talk with the camp to see if they have someone available or if you need to provide someone to assist your child
  • Decide if your child should be placed with their developmental or chronological age group at camp

Increase Therapy Time

  • Summer is a good time to increase therapy hours
  • Talk to your providers about their recommendations
  • Check with your health insurance company to determine coverage

Start New, Augmentative Therapies

Extra time in the summer may open your schedule up to try new therapies.

Examples of Augmentative Therapies:

  • Hippotherapy (horseback riding)
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Vision therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Listening systems
    • Integrated Listening System (iLs)
    • Tomatis
    • Therapeutic Listening
    • The Listening Program
    • Interactive Metronome
  • Primitive Reflex Integration
    • Functional Neurology
    • Brain Balance
    • MNRI Method
    • Trained occupational therapist
  • Social Skills Classes
    • There are lots of things you can do to help develop Social Skills at home
  • Academics
    • Lindamood Bell
    • Kumon
    • LearningRx
    • Local tutoring centers

Decrease Therapy Time

Some families choose to reduce appointments during summer break. There are still plenty of activities to keep your child engaged!

  • Teach your child about Water Safety and enroll them in swimming lessons
    • Water safety and swimming lessons are not the same thing
  • Work on Life Skills or Job Skills
  • Summer reading program
  • Play together
  • Travel
  • Family outings
    • Zoos
    • Museums
    • Parks
    • Library programs
    • Art classes
    • Local day trips

Start a New Biomedical Intervention

  • Begin the gluten-free, casein-free diet (GFCF) or other diet changes
  • Introduce a new supplement
  • Travel to appointments with out-of-town specialists

There are many combinations of school, therapy, and activities you can do with your child. With some planning, you can create a summer schedule that is enriching and fits your child’s needs.


*All content of this article was created for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, therapist, or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have.