• Swimming - Did you know that Olympic Gold-Medalist Michael Phelps was diagnosed at 9 years old? There is little downtime with swimming. The constant movement burns energy, but focusing on the end of the race or counting laps trains their brain to pay attention, too. Swimming requires a lot of self-discipline, which is ideal for a diagnosed child.
• Sports - Team sports are great for a child to participate in, whether they have ADHD, or not. Encourage them to try a few different sports to see which ones they like the best. It is ideal for them to be active in more than one. If they only play softball, they may soon lose interest after they get good. However, if they play softball, soccer, and hockey, then they constantly have to use different skills.
• Running - Kids with ADHD tend to excel at running. Like swimming, running offers constant movement and burns a ton of energy. Map out different runs, so he can see how much ground he can cover in a certain amount of time. If you a runner, the two of you can do this together. This gives you the opportunity to go to different parks to keep things fresh and interesting with new surroundings.
• Video Games - I know some of you just gasped, but hear me out! Obviously, you don't want your child doing nothing but playing video games in his spare time, especially because they don't burn many calories. However, video games do amazing things for the attention span, especially if you stick with problem solving or racing games. Get your child a bean bag chair to promote healthy posture and let him play for specified amount of time. There are some great bean bag chairs in a variety of sizes for kids of all ages which can be found online at stores like SoothingCompany.com
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