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Managing Adhd with childen in the winter..ideas.

My daughter, who is 9, plays soccer in the spring and fall, she swims, but for winter we just don’t have any activities, basketball just wasn’t her thing.  She comes home from school ans says she still has alot of energy she needs to burn off, but because we live in Iowa and have been dealing with the arctic temps, being outdoors in limited, and that’s what she loves to do.  Her dad takes her ice fishing, but she needs physical activity and joining our local YMCA right now isn’t an option as we are paying for play therapy, plus the gas to make the trips there out of town, so I was wondering if anyone else has any ideas, we have a yoga ball, and she has this thing called a skip it, but it doesn’t seem to be enough.


My favourite thing was a small fitness trampoline.  I would just put it in our family room and my son would bounce on it for hours.  It’s only 12 inches off the ground so they can’t really fall off. Great exercise !

Posted by staypositive on Jan 10, 2014 at 8:26pm

I am having this same issue! Im also in iowa and the ymca is the only real option for my son but cant afford that and dont want to drive there! I have been brainstorming ideas of how to get our kids that cant be outdoors to release energy somehow with out tearing up our homes! LOL My son is 7 and he has adhd and im thinking my 5 yr old daughter might have it too! I’m just kinda curious where u are from! IF close enough, maybe we could brainstorm together! I just need a very large room to release them structuraly!

Posted by sschildroth on Jan 11, 2014 at 1:13am

I just bought for Christmas an xbox with kinect.  It forces you to be active.  It has mad a huge difference to my dd 11yrs old with adhd.  I should also say we live in Maine with very cold snowy winters.

Posted by hal6242 on Jan 11, 2014 at 4:46am

Xbox with Kinect has a great game “Just Dance”.  My kids love it and they sweat at the end of it. Even the boys like dancing to their favourite songs.

Posted by staypositive on Jan 11, 2014 at 6:28pm

That’s a great idea with the xbox….sschildroth, I will send you a message!

Posted by klsmidwestmom on Jan 11, 2014 at 7:27pm

Wii also has Just Dance and my son, 6, ADHD, loves it, too.

Posted by juwanda on Jan 12, 2014 at 1:21am

i found that rec after school ,kills energy & tuckers i pad keeps him focused,but im only a yr into this.
ill take any advice.
jody & tucker

Posted by jeremysgirl on Jan 12, 2014 at 9:47am

What about an indoor athletic class like gymnastics, dance, or martial arts? While they may not be as consistently active as soccer and other team sports, they can be a great release of energy and source of activity.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jan 13, 2014 at 7:06pm

I second the recommendation for an indoor trampoline.  We have used a BOSU ball too.  There is a game called “Hyperdash” which makes the kids playing it run around to play the game.  We have an over-the-door basketball hoop in our basement which gets a lot of use during the winter.  Also we have a treadmill and an exercise bike - nobody gets screen time until they have done some kind of physical activity on the treadmill or bike if it is too cold or snowy to go outside.

Posted by krtsinohio on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:27pm

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