Easing the symptoms of ADHD: Yoga can help
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in YogaUOnline on May 22, 2015
When a young child is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the diagnosis is often more stressful than the condition, both for the child and the family.
More than 1 in 10 American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children with ADHD have difficulty in attending, sitting still and controlling impulses. While families work with educators and medical professionals to understand the challenges of ADHD, yoga and Ayurveda can offer therapeutic and energetic assistance.
Louise Goldberg, author of “Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs” (2013), urges parents and educators to integrate yoga into the home and classroom environments. Since ADHD children are frequently penalized for their behavior, yoga time is an opportunity for success. They can be quiet and noisy, and active and still – just the kind of visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile variety an active child craves, according to Goldberg.