Activities for Kids with ADHD

Instructor: Nathan Kilgore

Nathan has taught college Psychology, Sociology, English, and Communications and has a master's degree in education.

Children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tend to respond favorably to engaging in a specific type of activity. This lesson describes various activities and other ways to engage children with ADHD, offering an approach which compliments existing symptoms.

Characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can occur in children, adolescents, and adults. ADHD is characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. ADHD is one of the most common disorders, and those who suffer with it can also struggle to maintain focus, follow directions, and be organized. There are three subtypes of ADHD: predominately (or mostly) hyperactive-impulsive, predominately inattentive, or both. ADHD subtypes are usually described as predominate because of the overlap of symptoms that often exist. ADHD can be treated successfully through the sole use or a combination of medication and psychotherapy. There are a variety of ways that ADHD can be managed with diet, exercise, and engagement in active learning.

Children with ADHD tend to respond most favorably to activities that are kinesthetic (physical) in nature. In fact, activities that engage the child in physical activity often compliment hyperactivity. For example, researchers have found that physical activity can improve motor skills, behavior, and information processing. This is most likely because when a person is engaging in physical activity, their brain releases chemicals called neurotransmitters. Specifically, children with ADHD often benefit from the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is released during exercise.

Activities To Engage Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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