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Syra - posted on 07/22/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my son is adhd,and bipolar..so he still does what "regular" children can do...does anyone have any suggestions on a sport that would be good for him --something not so agressive, but at the same time would teach him self discipline as well as self control?Thank you.

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Taekwondo or another martial art such as karate has helped lots of the special needs kids I know - it is not competitive but rather you work to better your skills. Swimming works for many kids as well.

Kim - posted on 07/29/2010

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Try Special Olympics. It is great and they are many kids all kinds of special needs kids that is involved it this program. Special Olympics offers all kinds of sports from Track & Field, Bowling, Table Tennis, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball. and more just check with your local school for more details for the after school progams that they have.

Sherrie-ann - posted on 07/29/2010

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Bipolar so young? Wow. My son has cerebral palsy so I don't know about ADHD and bipolar but from my experience as a teacher I can suggest a few things. This isn't a sport but I think listening to music will help in many ways, with focus and mood. Try any kind of music he seems to like, nursery rhymes, r & b, see what rhythm he responds to but try something calming as well, especially at night. Enya always seems to work. Stay away from the heavy metal.
As for sports I would think that some form of martial arts might help with discipline and focus.
Horses are magic and can help calm a child. If horse back riding is an option you can try that. Also, to get a safe outlet for him to blow off some extra energy. A safe, netted in trampoline might be a good idea for the back yard. Just make sure he's careful. Boys will be rambunctious so they need to feel like their being daring while we keep them safe.

Hope this helps.

Iridescent - posted on 07/28/2010

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Another suggestion, and not to be funny or for people to laugh. My 11 year old has autism and ADHD and we've tried a lot (some listed previously but also TKD - no go, as discipline WAS a huge issue). He is quite clumsy though now due to growth spurts and big feet. My husband said tonight he wants to put him in ballet. Once we live near a place we can do so, we will.

Augustina Kusumawardhani - posted on 07/28/2010

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Dear Syra,
My daugther (Dara) is also ADHD and gifted, know she is 11 years old. When she was 6 years old the terapyst suggest one sport that very valuable for her until now. It is riding a bicycle at minimum 1 hour per day. Recently riding bicycle is her daily activity to go to school everyday. This sport teach her to organize her eyes, hand, and foot. This activity is also make her body & brain work together better. She can be control her body and thinking better now...
Don't let your son taking the trampoline. It could make your son be more active by time....

Good luck
Augustine

Tracy - posted on 07/28/2010

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my son who is 10 has ADHD as well but he went through a long stage of only likin solo sports like swimmin (so i have got him a card for sports center which means he get in free) an pay £10 once a week 4 a private lesson (teacher is in water with him & keeps him on task), he still at it. horse riddin, ask at local center bout lessons an they did a 1/2 hour lesson which was long enough 4 him. sometimes still goes. he is only comin round to the idea of football as b4 there were 2 many people & only 1 ball!!!! I have just enrolled him in martial arts class moans b4 he gets there but loves it when in, I find his activities cost more than my other kids, but that what i use his DLA money 4, dont know if any of that helps, but with all things its trial & error

Connie - posted on 07/28/2010

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My son has high functioning autisim and ADD/ADHD, he is very active with the local special olympics team, He does swimming Track and Field, and Basketball, your local special olympics will have a variaty of sports to choose from and at the end of the season there will be compitions and awards. He will have a ton of fun and not get made fun of, and most of all its all free.

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I disagree with Tammy somewhat where martial arts are concerned. It is an excellent way to help him develop self confidence, discipline, and accountability, as well as getting some of that energy out. I do agree on her point that you need to make sure you have a master there that will hold him accountable. During the years my children and I did TKD, I saw big behavioral changes in many of the kids that attended, even those with special needs.

Karen - posted on 07/27/2010

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Try horseback riding. We have worked with many children with a variety of special needs and have found riding to be an excellent outlet. Be sure to locate an experienced instructor or club. Good horses will teach their rider many lessons, including self control, self discipline and focus. Good luck.

Tammy - posted on 07/27/2010

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One more thing Rocky Top is a therapy canter and they recommend riding because it does something with stimulating their brain. These places are all over, not sure where you live but they offer scholarships, check out the website

Tammy - posted on 07/27/2010

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Do not listen to anyone when they tell you karate or twa kwon do , went there and ended up getting the moves used on me. You rarely find the proper instructor that can make the disclipine of the art known to bi-polar children. Horseback riding, maybe barrel jumping or something, seriously, I talked my firiend into putting her son in Rocky Top in Southlake, Tx and it was an amazing change for him

Jane - posted on 07/26/2010

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Track-and-Field, Tennis, Bowling - these are activities that are mainly individual in nature, but can have a team component. My son w Asperger's actually loved Speech - odd, I know. :) But he did so well he won the Section Tournament and competed at the State level!

Sometimes, an area where they don't need the other players goodwill so much to succeed is a good thing. You can't get left out of a tennis match, for example, but you can have soccer teammates who refuse to pass to you because you're not the "in" crowd.

Syra - posted on 07/24/2010

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yes he tried soccer and he didnt like it at the time, that was a few years ago though, he might be into it now...thank you all so much for the suggestions, i will try those things out for him and keep you posted...Thanks again=)

Michele - posted on 07/24/2010

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Soccer is great and can be aggressive with my child who has behavioral and emotional issues- I have to monitor it- But what I found that works is track and field- he loves it and it gets the energy out- he is on an AAU team in our area

Linda - posted on 07/23/2010

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I agree that soccer is a really good outlet. My son loves sports and soccer is teaching him to slow down and think of the others on his team. He has a low frustration level with schoolwork and other things but the school is really helping with that. We have him in gymnastics as well and he is doing fantastic at that even though he wants to quit a lot of the time we think he likes it enough to encourage him to continue. He's in competive gymnastics because the coach saw something in him and believes he can excell in it. I think that's part of the key to helping my son's self esteem. He wants to learn the guitar so maybe that might be another outlet at some point.

Iridescent - posted on 07/22/2010

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My son with autism and ADHD skateboards and loves it, bikes, swims. All of those can also be sports. Have you seen the Olympics competitions in those? Some are awesome! They're also not as risky physically if they are taught the rules from the start, firmly (wear pads, helmet, start with easy things and work towards harder). Also have you considered an instrument? They also teach those skills and are excellent for improving math and science ability - it helps "wire" the brain.

Renee - posted on 07/22/2010

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Can He swim? I do know a number of kids with bipolar who play soccer.Baseball isn't a contact sport either.My Nigel likes to fish.I like the fishing it works on patience waiting on them to bite

Elizabeth - posted on 07/22/2010

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My son, who is living with bipolar and asperger's, plays soccer. He loves it. It not only teaches him self discipline but also the importanct of team work. He has learned that his teammates count on him to be at the practices and the games which in turn teaches him to self regulate his moods. I hope this helps.

Dana - posted on 07/22/2010

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How about soccer? It's non agressive anyway. I just wish my son was into sports.

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