An ever-growing archive of research points to the many benefits of treating ADHD with physical activity.
ADHD — its over-diagnosis, misdiagnosis, and treatment — is always on the front page of the Internet, and on the tips of our tongues.
Nationally, we’ve struggled to understand the non-neurotypical brain. Is it an asset? A superpower? A disability? A disorder? A mental illness?
And always the question: what to do about it, how to treat it? Medication? Therapy? Diet? A combination is often best.
Increasingly, the research concludes that in addition to more traditional treatments, exercise can greatly benefit the stimulus-seeking ADHD mind.
Outside magazine’s in-depth look at Soar in North Carolina — a school for children with ADHD and other learning disabilities — highlights much about how adventure and exploration helps students with ADHD thrive, especially when little else has.
Perhaps one of the program’s greatest strengths is its desire to do something long overdue in the history of diagnosing attention deficit: honor and respect children with an ADHD mind.
The message at Soar is inclusive and clear: we need you, we need minds like yours.
For further reading on treating ADHD with physical activity — and ADHD in general — explore these articles: