Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common condition exemplified by impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inattention, according to the Child Development Institute. Because many children diagnosed with ADHD have a short attention span and struggle with socializing and emotional control, a lot of parents don’t know what sorts of extracurricular activities will be enjoyable for their child without adding extra stress. Martial arts is known to be an activity that children with ADHD can not only enjoy, but use to help ease the symptoms of this disorder. Here are a few benefits of martial arts for children with ADHD:
- It’s an individual sport: The instructor will be able to offer your child individual attention and tailor lessons to his or her needs and help when he or she needs it. Kids can also work independently and work on their own forms.
- But it’s still social: While you can sign your child up for individual martial arts lessons, most children take classes with other kids. However, this doesn’t mean they’re competing with each other. Kids still get to enjoy the camaraderie of a team sport in a martial arts class because they’re spending so much time with the other children in the class.
- Follow the system: Martial arts requires you to control your body and follow the motions. This skill doesn’t come ingrained in children with ADHD, so the practice of martial arts can help them incorporate this control into everyday activities.