How a cubby house can help improve ADHD symptoms

We’ve all seen ADHD kids; they’re the ones wiggling and squirming, unable to sit still, charging around as if driven by a motor, always rough-housing and they ain’t that great socially either. That’s not to say that all ADHD kids are like this, these are just some symptoms that kids might display.

So a lot of parents turn to medication to try and help improve focus, concentration, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which in many cases is needed, but could exercise be the new drug of choice?

Research has proven that exercise not only let’s kids burn off that excess energy, but it also helps ADHD kids with focus, impulsivity and improving social skills. Regular exercise can without a doubt have a positive impact on a child’s ADHD symptoms. Health experts recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate to intense exercise every day for kids, but how they get that exercise doesn’t really matter, as long as they get that exercise. One study showed that getting ADHD kids outside actually calmed them down and having 20 minutes of exercise outside also helped them to concentrate better.

When kids exercise, their brain releases chemicals called neurotransmitters which include dopamine, which is involved with attention. ADHD stimulant medicines work by increasing neurotransmitters in the brain, so it kind of makes sense that a good workout could have many of the same positive effects on ADHD children as stimulant drugs.

There were studies published in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which proved that kids with ADHD who exercised performed better on tests of attention, and had less impulsivity, even if they weren’t taking stimulant medicines.

So how does exercise help?

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and kids with ADHD have less blood flow to parts of the brain which are responsible for behaviour, emotions, thinking and planning.

Kids with ADHD have particular trouble with problem-solving skills, which are used to plan and organise. As they lack these skills it’s hard for them to remember things and do things. Exercise helps these kids with these skills. They also often struggle with behaviour and social skills, exercise and playing sport can help them improve in both of these areas.

Studies also showed that kids who exercised got into less trouble for disruptive behaviours such as hitting, moving inappropriately, refusal to participate in activities or talking out of turn.

This is not to say that if your child has ADHD that exercise alone can solve the symptoms of ADHD, but exercise can actually boost the effectiveness of the medication that they’re taking.

So how can a cubby house help improve ADHD symptoms?

As we’ve seen above exercise and being outdoors can be highly effective in managing some of the symptoms of ADHD and cubby houses can help.

Cubby houses get kids outside playing! Having a cubby house as opposed to an empty backyard is far more appealing and encouraging to get them outdoors. As we’ve said earlier, being outdoors actually calms many kids with ADHD.

Many of our cubby houses include fantastic playground equipment, which of course encourages them to get that 60 minutes of exercise they need into their day. They can be climbing up rock climbing walls, hanging from monkey bars, running up and down stairs, using a climbing net, playing basketball with a basketball hoop, sliding up and down, swinging and just generally running around their cubby house!

A cubby house is also great for play dates and encouraging friends to come around. This will help them to build those important social skills like taking turns, negotiating and compromising.

So, if you have a child with ADHD, a cubby house might just be a great investment to help improve the symptoms of ADHD.

Here are some ideas for cubby houses that will really get them moving.

Chipmonk Kindy Gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Explorer Pak Cubby House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panda Pak Kids Gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timberwolf Cubby House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turbo Swing Gym

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