When I talk to kids about ADHD, I describe how it gives them the “hunter” skills necessary to be good football, basketball and soccer players and terrific skiers who take in all of the information on the field in a flash, make decisions in a split second and move fast.
I also tell them about the “farmer” type of ADHD that can make them better at golf, archery, rock climbing and fishing. These sports require strategies and deliberate movements.
If your child has ADHD, pick a sport that taps their strengths.
While their classroom experiences may be painful, sports teach a number of important skills. Teamwork, sportsmanship and tolerance for frustration are developed through sports. They learn how to take instruction and criticism. All of these skills are necessary for life.
Cheer them from the sidelines and watch their confidence grow.
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