Summer is not over yet!

6 ideas to make the most of the last few weeks of summer


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Walk into any retail or grocery store and most likely you will find a variety of school supplies and “must have’s” for the first day of school; a sure sign that summer is almost over.   

I don’t know about your family, but we are not ready to give in to the first day of school — at least not yet. We still plan day trips and try to take advantage of every break. I recognize this is difficult for some parents who need resources and school support, but with only about three weeks left of summer, there might be some items on this list that would be a favorable break for your child.

If you are tired of the heat and not sure where to go or what to do with your exceptional child, here are some entertaining options. 

  1. Prepare for the winter holidays and make hand prints, thumb prints or foot prints now to use as Thanksgiving placemats or Christmas ornaments later. Parents can take their children outside to play in the sprinkler while the finger paint is washed off their hands and feet; taking care of the messy part now will save time during the holiday rush.
     
  2. Invite some classmates over for a “water picnic.” It is never too soon to visit with your child’s friends and families from school. Hot afternoons with a sprinkler or hose are a fun and interactive way for our children to become familiar with his or her friends again.
     
  3. For teenagers who are able and who need practice learning life skills, drop him or her off at the grocery store with a small list of items and enough money to buy what’s on the list. This may seem unusual, but teenagers love to feel independent and valued. Going alone to shop helps them feel confident. Most likely they will be encouraged by the independence, but don’t be surprised if your child comes home with something not on the list. Have fun with this. Parents will find comfort knowing their child can handle it.
     
  4. Hanging Rock State Park

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road
Danbury, NC 27016-7417
336-593-8480
I love this park for exceptional children because not only does it have an accessible wheelchair path, it also offers a “Sensory Awareness Trail” through to the rock garden. Places along the trail are marked for children who are able to use their sense of smell, touch and hearing. Free.
 

  1. Greensboro County Library

Many of the programs change often, so there always seems to be a new activity. Take advantage of the resources to keep the reading focus.
 

  1. Greensboro Children’s Museum

Located across the street from the Greensboro Library, this museum meets ADA standards (Americans with Disabilities Act) and offers programs for inclusion of all children. There is still time to take advantage of the discounted rates on Friday’s and Sundays.

C.C. Malloy lives in Greensboro and is a steadfast supporter of children with a disability. Any information here should not be considered legal advice and counsel should be sought for personal educational guidance. For additional support, please visit her website, Bizigal’s Exceptional Blooms.

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C.C. Malloy is a disability advocate and the mother of three fantastic young adults. A freelance writer, she writes about the daily opportunities parents encounter raising a child with a disability. Her blog focuses on helping parents cope with the functions of their child’s educational accommodations from the start of elementary school through transition to college. Malloy has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Carolina Parent Magazine. For additional assistance and support, please visit her website Bizigal's Exceptional Blooms.

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