ADHD and Karate

Catherine - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 7 yr old son was just diagnosed with ADHD and we aren't medicating him yet. We are going to try other avenues. Does anyone know if karate lessons or something similar will help? My husband seems to think it will. Thanks for any input.

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Heather - posted on 05/19/2011

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i have a 10 yr old girl and an 8 yr old boy both with adhd and they both do karate. i cant say the karate has made a diff to their adhd but they both enjoy it. some weeks my son is brilliant and other weeks sensai is sitting him out in timeout due to his behaviour. sensai knows about both the kids adhd and he is really good with them. both sensai and his assistant r working so hard with my daughter because they can see she is lacking confidence in herself and they r determined to help her develop that confidence.

Becky - posted on 03/06/2011

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Yes it does. My 9yr old loves the constant activity plus he is learning self-defense techniques as well.
I have seen his behavior improve as he advances in his belts and goes to the competitions. My only problem now is getting him to come home after class, we seem to be the one of the last ones to leave..lol

Sharon - posted on 11/14/2009

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Hi Catherine, both of my boys take Tae Kwon Do. They are 4 and 5. Anything martial Arts will help kids to focus and to burn some of the extra energy they seem to have. My kids love it and go twice a week. It has been a struggle and I've held my oldest son back from testing for a new belt 2 times, until he began to focus on the new skills he learned with that belt. It's not a cure but It does help. We are not treating with any meds yet either, but are using melatonin to help them relax at night to sleep and cutting out food dyes from their diet. I'm also considering Omega 3 and Zinc supplements. Going back to Ped on Weds.

Bridget - posted on 11/09/2009

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My 9 yr old son has ADD and is in Taekwondo. It doesn't help the ADD, but it has helped with self-confidence and it does teach him how to focus. However, children and adults with ADD can easily focus on something that they find VERY interesting...that's why many parents are easily frustrated...because they see their child able to concentrate on something they enjoy but not so much in any thing else in life. Parents usually figure that since they can focus on one thing then they can focus on everything...not so. I am currently a grad student in a school counseling program so I have studied a lot of different disorders this semester including ADD/ADHD...I would highly recommend checking out this website: www.Additudemag.com ...my pediatrician recommended it (along with the magazine) and you can sign up for email articles...the website offers a lot of great ideas, information, etc.



As far as medication, I understand some parents do not want to go that route. I do medicate my son and it has helped him tremendously!!!! All of his grades went up by a full letter grade within one grading period and he has the ability to focus in all areas of his life. ADD does not only effect school, but a childs/adults entire life. One of my professors put it this way, "If you had a heart condition, would you treat it? Most people would. ADD is the same, it effects your brain. There are meds to help." I happen to agree, but I know that is my opinion. I'm not going to say it was easy, either...we had to switch meds 3 times before finding one that worked for our son.



I hope you find some things that help. Talk to your doctor about your concerns, if he/she is good, they'll talk it over with you and offer with advise/information...places for you to get more information. Do your research, believe me, it will only help you to make better, more informed decisions. You will not be sorry. Good luck!

Brandee - posted on 11/09/2009

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My 8 year old son began Tae Kwon Do this January and it has helped with his confidence and concentration. He can focus on the activity and practices it all the time. I recommend at least trying it to see if your son likes it. It certainly won't hurt!

Tiffany - posted on 11/06/2009

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My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and is in karate - I don't think it treats the ADHD, but it has taught her ways to be in better control of herself. I would highly recommend sitting in on class(es) and doing research into the program before making a final decision. I have found that karate has been great for my daughter.

Kimiko - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son is 10 with ADD and he has been taking karate since he was 5. It has not helped with his ADD, but it has built his self confidence. He was the only preschool kid crying at the Christmas play and now he helps lead the lower belt class in their stretching out.



I think it depends on the sensei (teacher). There was a boy with ADHD in his class and the teacher was great at balancing discipline and grace. As the class went on he respected the teacher more and tried harder. He seemed to improve a little, but there were times when he just couldn't control himself.



Hope that helps.

Kimiko

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