Physical activity for children with ADHD and ADD

Neurodevelopmental disorder defined by developmentally inappropriate symptoms of inattention, impulsiveness and over activity. ADHD typically emerges early in childhood and commonly persists through adolescence and into adulthood with outcomes characterized by high rates of unstable relationships, academic/occupational failure, criminality and substance use

  1. Teach deep breathing/yoga/tai chi/meditation
  2. Take a walk.
  3. Dancing Sequence Games: There are various versions to select from, depending on your child’s age and what he or she likes. These games can be played on various video game platforms, including Xbox 360, Wii and Play Station 3. You will also need to purchase the dance mat that goes with your system. These games can improve concentration, processing speed, planning, sequencing and motor integration. Added bonus: they can also be a good form of aerobic exercise.
  4. Puzzle Games: Puzzle games are very good for kids with ADHD because they help build that “brain muscle” we were talking about, as do all these exercises. There are maze games out now (like Perplexes) where players must maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a transparent ball, for example. You can vary the challenges to provide a variety of games. This improves concentration, planning, sequencing, processing speed and visual motor integration.

Running

Walking briskly

Rock climbing

Squats

Pushups

Pullups

Weightlifting

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