Exercise & Green Time

How can I integrate exercise and mindfulness into my child’s ADHD treatment plan?

How should you treat your child’s ADHD? In this 8-part guide, find expert answers to the questions that will help you make key decisions about ADHD treatment.

EXERCISE: Will exercise improve my child’s ADHD symptoms, according to research?

A: In studies, kids with ADHD who exercised performed better on tests of attention, and had less impulsivity, even if they weren’t taking stimulant… | Keep reading on WebMD »

SPORTS: What sports are the best options for my child with ADHD?

A: The sport should be one that will hold your child’s interest. Baseball involves a lot of time standing in the outfield, and that invites distraction. Soccer, on the other hand… | Keep reading on WebMD »

SLEEP: Does sleep affect ADHD symptoms in any way? How much sleep do kids with ADHD need?

A: Sleep may be the most important tool nature uses to grow a child’s brain. During sleep the brain makes new connections, stores memories, and repairs cells. One striking scientific finding is called sleep-dependent learning… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

MINDFULNESS: Could mindfulness improve my child’s ADHD symptoms?

A: When you learn to calm your mind and be in the present moment, your working memory can improve. This might help… | Keep reading on WebMD »

BRAIN ACTIVITY: How can I understand the neurological effects of exercise on my child’s ADHD brain?

A: By showing that exercise sparks the master molecule of the learning process, BDNF, the study author nailed down a biological connection between movement and cognitive function… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

MEDITATION: What mindfulness exercises work best children with ADHD?

A: At school or at home, practice yoga poses in the morning, and meditation at the end of the day. Start with the “Take 5” method where children take five slow breaths inhaling through the nose, then exhaling… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

FIRST-PERSON: “Sports Gave My Son a Way to Channel His Energy”

“‘As a teen, I felt that everyone hated me,’ he recalls. ‘I was always doing something wrong, it seemed. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when everyone is complaining about you. Sports turned those negative feelings into positive ones.'” | Keep reading on ADDitude »


FREE DOWNLOAD: Easy Mindfulness Exercises for Kids

Mindfulness is possible at any age. In this guide, learn how to teach meditation exercises that will help your child calm their body and mind. | Download now on ADDitude »

FREE DOWNLOAD: Sports & Activities for Kids with ADHD

Use this list to determine which activities will showcase and strengthen your child’s abilities so she can shine on the court, in the field, or in the pool. | Download now on ADDitude »

8-Part Guide to ADHD Treatment in Children, from WebMD x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How should I approach my child’s ADHD treatment plan?
DECISION 2: Is ADHD medication right for my child?
DECISION 3: How can I address side effects associated with my child’s ADHD medication?
DECISION 4: How can I integrate nutrition & supplements into my child’s ADHD treatment?
> DECISION 5: How can I integrate exercise & mindfulness into my child’s ADHD treatment?
DECISION 6: What therapies should I integrate into my child’s ADHD treatment plan?
DECISION 7: How should I adjust and optimize my child’s ADHD treatment plan over time?
DECISION 8: How can my child’s treatment plan safely address comorbid conditions?