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How Running Benefits Kids with ADHD

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Although my parents loved, nurtured, and encouraged me throughout my childhood, the idea that a child could have an attention disorders was not recognized in my family. My fluctuating academic performance, inability to maintain focus, and forgetfulness was attributed to a character flaw rather than a neurological deficiency.

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By Ali Afonja

If you are one of the 6.4 million parents raising a child with an attention disorder, you know how debilitating this disease can be. It doesn’t matter how clearly you give an instruction, they never seem to get it quite right.

Spirituality Quadrant

Conceptual description

The HFS Spirituality Quadrant is not a set of beliefs, rather it is a set of principles and practices that restore and preserve a person’s inner peace. The Spirituality Quadrant focuses on breathing, meditation, relaxation and exercise regimens that support a body attuned to peace.

Programs and activities

HFS supports spiritual awareness by assisting youth to find meaning and direction in their lives. Activities like gardening, music therapy, art therapy, music studio recording, scrapbooking and monthly community service create a greater connection between inner feelings and emotional responses in the child. Simple exercises like diaphragmatic breathing, or belly breathing, during meditation or yoga can help a child discover inner reserves of calm while quietly establishing physical discipline over the body.

Benefits

Yoga and Mindfulness meditation videos can a child to self-regulate more effectively in the present and may reduce their reliance on psychotropic medications. By reducing mental stress and physical tension, yoga can boost the immune system, instill a sense of well-being, improve information processing, among innumerable other organic and mental benefits. For example, our Flow “Vinyasa” Yoga for Attention Disorders video, which can be seen here.

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Cognition Quadrant

Conceptual description

Cognition is the set of all mental abilities and processes in the areas of knowledge, attention, memory, problem-solving and decision-making, comprehension and language. The HFS Cognition Quadrant focuses on processional thinking and critical thinking skills, brain health and performance applications in the home, school and workplace.

Programs and activities

HFS content presents multiple options to support healthy cognitive functioning. These include bibliotherapy, prescriptive play and expressive therapies such as art and music. Activities like our Guided Meditation for Attention Disorders are used to dissuade negative thinking and improve judgment and decision-making, which can be seen here.

Benefits

Learning new responses and gaining positive outlooks on their challenges equips the child to better manage conflict, stress, anxiety and emotionalism. There are also organic benefits to strengthening cognition. Improved cognition can increase brain processing speed, improve memory and recall, enhance fluency and auditory processing, as well as quicken reaction time.

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Fitness Quadrant

Conceptual description

Fitness encompasses all areas of body health. It is a measure of the bodies ability to perform work, its resistance to diseases, and its effective physical response in emergencies. The HFS Fitness Quadrant focuses on exercise, sports, being active and physical performance.

Programs and activities

Through articles and videos HFS offers a variety of fitness information and activities suitable for both children and adults. For example, our Tabata for Attention Disorders video, which can be seen here.

Benefits

Sports and recreational activities can be used prescriptively to address symptoms of behavioral, mood and cognitive disorders as well as improving a child’s health and stamina. In addition a high level of fitness helps reduce reliance on psychotropic medications and improve social relations with peers and family.

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