It seems that once you become the parent of a school-aged child, you mark the passage of time less by the beginning of the calendar year and more by the first day of school. For each of us this brings a variety of feelings – excitement, fear, nervousness, apprehension, anticipation, relief. It’s a time of transition – getting back into or starting new routines, meeting new teachers, saying goodbye to old friends and looking forward to new ones. For some, it is new schools and maybe even moving to a new area.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder most often first presenting in childhood. It is characterized by symptoms such as difficulty maintaining focus; struggling to complete work or follow through with instructions; wandering off task; disorganization; excessive motor activity (fidgetiness, tapping, talking); interrupting; difficulty delaying gratification; and acting in an unsafe manner.
The benefits of taking part in sports are abundant. They include physical fitness, increased self-esteem, improved social skills and enhanced academic performance among many, many others.
These advantages should extend to all regardless of their abilities – that’s where adaptive sports come in.
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