Exercises Can Help Kids With ADHD
Not enough can be said about physical activities for children in their development stage but it gets more important when we are talking about children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Researchers seeking alternatives to the use of drugs to treat ADHD in children are considering exercise as a prescription.
A half-hour session of aerobic activity before school can help young children with symptoms of ADHD become more attentive and less moody. A recent research found that a single bout of exercise improved students' attention and academic skills.
Children with the condition have more difficulty paying attention than other kids and may exhibit impulsive behavior, among other symptoms.
Doctors who specialize in treating children diagnosed with ADHD often incorporate exercise in the therapy. Even school teachers have begun getting students up from their desks for short bursts of physical activity, finding it helps them pay attention to their studies.
Growing numbers of children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD. .
The benefits of the exercise apply similarly to typically developing children as well as children with ADHD symptoms.
Some schools are implementing programs to encourage exercise among students either before or after school, or in shorts periods of activity throughout the day.
Activities in between study periods such as; A two-minute program in leading the children in forming letters with their bodies, and a 10-minute session might run through a Zumba dance routine, short bursts of activity of three to 10 minutes to accumulate 30 minutes a day. Activities like jumping in place and doing squats.
Dr. Ratey a consultant to Reebok's BOKS program, which leads 45-minute vigorous-exercise sessions three to five times a week in around 1,000 elementary schools across the country, says "It's for kids in general but it has a big effect for kids with ADHD.”