Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) is a medical condition that is typically diagnosed in children who are under the age of 16, with symptoms of inattention, distractibility, and poor working memory. It was only in 1987 when “hyperactivity” was added to the list, and since then, ADHD has increasingly been used instead of ADD.
While it is normal for a child to occasionally veer out of their attention span or to get easily distracted for no apparent reason occasionally, it is a much more frequent occurrence in children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It is challenging to keep children with ADHD interested, but staying focused is indeed critical to learning and development – so it is important to learn how to teach the child various strategies in doing just that.
Toward this goal, there are various activities that can greatly help kids who have ADD/ADHD. Let’s talk about a few very helpful and fun activities, and where you can go in Spring and The Woodlands to see an outstanding pediatrician who knows how to help your child grow up to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted.
Aerobic Activities to Help with ADD and ADHD
Aerobic exercise is very helpful, especially if your child has ADHD, since the activity will help the child to burn off excess energy while also growing stronger. Studies show that even a single session of aerobic exercise can improve ADHD symptoms and improve cognitive function.
Health experts recommend at least 60 minutes of aerobic activity or low-intensity exercises to reap such benefits. Cycling, swimming, running, jumping jacks, sprints, or more structured movements such as dancing, yoga, or rock climbing are all excellent options.
Card Games and Board Games to Learn Strategy and Creativity
Card games and board games exercise the mind, and so they can help kids who have ADHD to practice following rules, waiting their turn, and finishing a game. Moreover, they encourage friendships and relationships in a healthy manner, especially when they learn how to win and how to lose – and how to win again.
There are plenty of choices according to age group, but certain board games and card games are especially beneficial for kids with ADHD. Fun ideas can include Pick-Up-Sticks, Uno, and Pictionary.
Outdoor Activities for Focusing and Learning Active Social Skills
Spending time outdoors can greatly benefit kids who have ADD or ADHD. Nature usually has a soothing effect on kids, while chaotic scenes can trigger ADHD symptoms and make it harder for them to focus. Studies show that children who spend time in nature have lower levels of anxiety and have an improved ability to focus. Outdoor activities can include picnicking, camping, fishing, scavenger hunts, and playing sports such as soccer. Consider the types of sports and activities your child enjoys, and encourage participation – but start slowly, and don’t force it, so your child doesn’t become frustrated. If the child does become frustrated, stop the activity and resume it later.
ADHD Treatment in The Woodlands and Spring, TX
At Northwoods Pediatric Center, our pediatricians are highly experienced in providing care to children who have ADHD and ADD. Our providers are compassionate and will provide support and guidance to you and your child who is affected by ADHD, including recommending specific activities that will benefit your child.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our outstanding pediatricians, call our pediatric clinic today at (281) 296-7770 or use our convenient appointment request form online. We look forward to being your family’s pediatrician!