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TOPIC: Outdoor Activities for Kids with ADHD

Outdoor Activities for Kids with ADHD 05 Jun 2013 21:27 #188

Outdoor Activities for Kids with ADHD
Posted June 5, 2013 by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

The great outdoors is great for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research suggests that being outside in natural environments reduces the severity of ADHD symptoms in kids (see here and here).

“[Being outside] provides ADHD children with a more open environment to appropriately express their energy,” according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Psychotherapist Terry Matlen, ACSW, agreed. “Children who are hyperactive and impulsive can release tension far easier being outside running, jumping, swinging and playing sports than sitting indoors.”

The inherent changes in the environment also are beneficial for kids with ADHD, she said. “There is a natural rhythm and movement that can offer a calming effect [such as a] slight breeze [and] gentle sounds of leaves rustling.”

Plus, it gives kids the opportunity to move their bodies, which also helps to reduce ADHD symptoms, according to Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, a psychotherapist and author of several books on ADHD, including Making the Grade with ADD: A Student’s Guide to Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorder. “Exercise increases dopamine levels in the brain, and these levels are naturally low in the ADHD brain.”


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