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Name: KathyK
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Have any of the parents with children of ADHD and ODD gotten their kids involved in sports or music? Is it worth it to check it out and see if this might be a good avenue for him to express himself? I have a 5 year old son who is interested in sighning up for teeball and was wondering what sports other kids might be doing and how it is helping?
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Name: teresa | Date: Feb 2nd, 2007 1:49 PM
Hey kathy, i have a 9 yr old daughter w/adhd and she plays soccer and softball. i think it is a great idea. it gives them something to look forward to. my daughter dsnt make close friends with the girls on her team but she does get along with them and it teaches them how to be a team player and work with other kids to accomplish something. 

Name: Bluebird | Date: Feb 3rd, 2007 4:39 PM
Yes, our son has been in sports since he was diagnosed with ADHD 4 years ago. Even though he is not really good, it keeps him involved in other children outside of school. He does Basketball and baseball. He loves the running part. He will start a little track program this spring. His PE teacher said it would be good for him considering he is an awsome long distance runner. He runs and runs like Forrest Gump, he does not tire out! 

Name: emma30 | Date: Feb 4th, 2007 9:09 AM
my son doesnt do sport as such all tho he does like football....my son attends after school clubs like craft club where he has to show constration....all tho he does do swimming to which he really seems to enjoy so yes i wld recomend sports its a gd way to lose all the energy that they have and i will say swimming sure does help 

Name: Tysnana | Date: Feb 4th, 2007 9:39 PM
KathyK, Last year my daughter put my grandson (6) in T-ball it was a good outlet for his "over abundance of energy" but I would make sure his coach knows that he has ADHD.

Even though the coach knew he had it, it was difficult at times to keep him focused on the task at hand instead of what "he" wanted to do.

When they were simulating a game at practice, & he would need to stand in his spot he would want to bat instead! Either my daughter or myself would be there so we would help the coach try to keep his attention on what was happening at the time. When the real games started he did better ( you know how they LOVE the attention they get when it's their turn to bat and they do good..everyone in the stands starts clapping) although a few times in the dugout were difficult because of his "over abundance of energy" he had a hard time just sitting there watching the game and not want to hang from the top of the dugout... but again 1 of us would stand outside of the dugout to help with the control!

He wants to play again this year, he will be on the pitching machine this time..again she's explained to the coach that he has ADHD but between you and I, he had probably already been told from the previous coachs!!

I think if he's wanting to play that you should try it, it will give him an avenue to run and be active. I don't know about your son but our little Tyler just loves to run and be active!! I just wish I could have 1/4 of his energy. Good Luck in whatever you choose. 

Name: matsmom | Date: Feb 5th, 2007 12:48 AM
My son has been doing soccer and basketball. I think any of the sports that keep them moving will have keep them on task. If they have to wait to much they may get loose interest very fast. It helps wear off some of the energy! 

Name: Chris Hernandez | Date: Feb 14th, 2007 4:38 AM
Hi Kathy, We've had my son in almost every sport their is! He did really great with Karate because it's an individual activity. Also, soccer is great since it's constant activity. Basketball is great as well. Just know there are time that your going to wonder if it's worth yet but keep it up! 


Name: katiegbg | Date: Feb 15th, 2007 3:09 PM
Hi Kathy, my son is 25 and was diagnosed with add when he was 6, sports have always been a great outlet for him , he was never the greatest athlete but he learned following rules, trying hard and how to get along better with others through swimming, baseball, soccer, track (high school) and as a young adult has developed good habits of working out at the gym on a regular basis. He also started playing the violin in 4 th grade and even as an adult continues to take private lessons and loves to "fiddle" --years ago I read an article that talked about helping add kids find their "islands of competence" through music, arts and sports - by the way my son always enjoyed drawing and eventually took courses in both high school and college and is now a draftsman. You never know as a parent which things your child experiences will influence their life choices and outcomes. A great bok to read as a parent of a young add kid is "Pay Attetnion' by Craig Liden, M.D. it answers a lot of questions and fills in a lot of gaps - see it at translationspress.com. let me know what you think of it 

Name: zbgmsmom | Date: Feb 16th, 2007 8:36 PM
We have my son in soccer. Baseball was a little too slow moving for him and our Y has a new kids aerobics class that I try to take three of my kids too as often as possible. I hope it helps use some energy that is bottled up at school and he is unable to use. 

Name: riggerswife | Date: Feb 19th, 2007 9:27 PM
Hi Kathy- I have tried both baseball and hockey with my 5 yr old ADHD son. Baseball was a terrible experience as it was just to slow and he had such difficulties waiting his turn and concentrating on watching the ball when playing field. He would rather blow dandeline fluff, play in gopher holes and ant hills. Hockey is going a little better however my son is very agressive and he was matched up against another boy with the same personality and we ended up with a scrap at centre ice in pre-novice. A bit embarrasing. The speed of the game is really good for him though and all is well until someone knocks him over. Don't know what will happen in contact levels!!! haha!! It is important to tell the coach that your child is ADHD and help him/her learn what works the best when teaching your child. Our hockey coach was fabulous with my son. Where is we were unaware of my childs diagnosis at the time he played ball. 

Name: Tabitha | Date: Feb 2nd, 2008 3:14 AM
My son is 9years old. He was diagnosed with adhd last year. He atarted on meds this year and has become the best student in his class. He has a love for hockey and has played for many years. has this contributed to his adhd, or has it helped contain it? Maybe hockey is adhd out side of a body! Thats what I beleive. 

Name: Coaches wife | Date: Mar 31st, 2009 3:38 AM
Hi My husband coaches baseball and believes that one of the boys on his team has ADD. my husband has been trying to work with him buts gets really frustrated he doesn't listen and can't stay focused and bugs the other kids. He really wants to help this boy. do you have any suggestions that might help him? 

Name: mumtomonsters | Date: Mar 31st, 2009 10:17 PM
Hi Kathyk,

I have 3 adhd sons, my middle son plays squash it is the best sport for burning energy he is doing really well, as he is not allowed to play football because of his behaviour even at school, but although we do have some problems when he loses at squash he is learning to cope! He has just won a Europeon Championship and does tournaments all over the uk! 

Name: trasca | Date: May 17th, 2009 6:29 AM
Hi Kathy,
if that doesn't answer your question kathy I dont know what will. I dont think I need to reply because the answer is YES as many as they can handle or do.Best thing every as long as they have an understanding coach and at least understand alittle of the rules and so on you have a winner.Not all children with ADD/ADHD will want to play however so dont force it give it a little time them pull them out if they are becoming to frustrated of course.good luck.My son is is now 16yrs old, plays basketball and coaches my 6 yrs old team so yes its great to see them achieve at something for once. 

Name: Kevin | Date: Jul 19th, 2009 1:35 PM
Kathy,
Put your son in Hockey, my son has excel in this sport and is one of the best at his age in the country. I think ADHD helps in this sport also give hime great confidence in other things 

Name: Dan | Date: May 18th, 2010 1:05 PM
Baseball was tough of us just too much sitting around .My son does hockey and karate definately have a chat with the coaches. Give them some information. about ADHD most parents are cluelss. 

Name: GeriG | Date: Jul 19th, 2010 5:02 PM
My daughter is 13 and just diagnosed ADHD. She has been playing softball and field hockey for 6 years. She is more focused during sports activities than at any other time. She is one of the top field hockey players in our town. One of the reasons this works is that it is HER passion that drives her to play so much. If your child has an interest, I say go ahead - but join in too. You can coach her. I did that when she was younger. 

Name: kjmom | Date: Jul 19th, 2010 11:57 PM
My son is almost 12. He is more ADD than ADHD but has his moments. He never wanted to try sports until this spring. He played soccer through a church organization. Score was not emphasized and the focus was on fun and being a team player. The other boys were wonderful to him. He has poor upper body strength so the soccer with the focus on kicking and running was more his speed. He did have trouble with being afraid to get hurt. He stuck it out for 3 months. I am proud. He also started band this last school year. He has always loved music. He plays trombone. He had no problem learning to read music and also learns very well by ear. He goes to private lessons also so he has the self confidence to keep it up at school. He is even doing a band camp this week as a summer activity. So proud!! These are big things because otherwise he hates school, thinks no one wants to be his friend and has very poor self-esteem and doesn't take risks. The school year is a heart breaking time for me as a parent. So seeing him participate in band and soccer and not give up has been so wonderful and heartwarming. 

Name: kjmom | Date: Jul 19th, 2010 11:58 PM
I forgot to say that we did try karate about 3 years ago. It was not for him. The class was so large that he had a lot of "wait" time and no one on one help. He was not able to focus and something about looking in the mirror threw him off too. He couldn't learn the moves and he was embarassed. He did make it to yellow belt before stopping. 

Name: Dana | Date: Jul 20th, 2010 7:19 AM
Being and adult with ADHD and coming from a family full of ADHD I have found that all activity is great. I find most group sort are fantastic. They burn energy, help keep focus and let's them show off their multi tasking skills and abilities.

After games usually a high level of focus and concentration continue. A fabulous time to get homework and tasks finished.

Music, Yoga, Dance and Martial arts all funnel the hyper energy similarly. Working with the rules and boundaries may be a little rough at first but usually create a well understandable and comforting space.

Even 2 minutes of jumping on a trampoline or a quick run around the block can do wonders! 

Name: Dana | Date: Jul 20th, 2010 7:22 AM
Best suggestion try a lot of different things start with what your child gravitates to and see what happens. At the very worst you and they will know what is not for them.

It is important to have your child finish the season or session before moving on. It is a great way to learn completion of tasks and responsibility to a team, bigger purpose. 

Name: Darrell Lee Powell | Date: Nov 5th, 2010 3:06 AM
Dam right it is great. My son is ADHD, ODD, and what ever else. He is a great natural athlete football, basketball, and baseball. My boy has played year round since the age of 6 and has had many issues with aggression, attitude, anger, and it is my way. My prince had difficulties in all three sports. In the early years bottom caused the most aggression and baseball the most frustration. Basketball show my sons best behavior. He loves playing and I am able to support and endure. He is 12 and each year the behavior has diminished. In fact, I can now enjoy his games and I am not tense wondering what he will do next. However I still have problems with ADHD ignorant parents. My otherwise normal child has an IEP and attends an alternative school rather than his home middle school because the alternative school is equipped to assist my A, B student and the home middle school is not. Anyway parents at this point have blocked him from play for the home middle school 7th grade basketball team stating he does not attend the “ill-equipped” middle school. My son played on the middle school 6th grade team and was given a trophy for most assist. I am fighting. Do you have any legal pointers? Bye the way, my son has played the drums and violin in his elementary school band and orchestra. Treat him as you would the so call normal child. 

Name: Julia | Date: Nov 26th, 2010 10:39 PM
My son does all the sports that any other children would do. However, I do have to monitor behaviour carfully and be there for him.
He has no trouble with tae kwon do, soccer, swimming. He plays ice hockey and sometimes gets upset with the other kids. He is really good though - so we have put in place a behaviour plan for his coaches to follow which helps. Also, his Dad is nearly always there with him. He can focus on the game really well.
Baseball was tedious for him. It's too slow and allows too much time for horse play which often turns into something. 

Name: Dan Carmody | Date: Apr 29th, 2011 2:00 PM
My son has been doing ice hockey and it is a god send. He did private lessons to learn to skate then did learn to play hockey classes. my son for some reason excelled at skating The benefits he has centered around socializing. He has almost no friends at school but at Hockey he has lots of them. He gets invited to parties. He sees his friends outside hockey. His social skills have improved his aggressive behavior is down. It was a struggle at first. Not every game is great. We have strategies and had to talk to his coaches. 

Name: luannb | Date: Jun 23rd, 2011 6:28 PM
grandson 7yr old...ADHD/ODD, doesnt get along with other kids, no interest in sports or any activity. Likes to watch movies and play video games, which both set of parents (seperated) let him do because he doesnt "bug" them then. What should we try to get him involved. He's been in trouble at school, suspended already and only going into 2nd grade. Smart..just doesnt like anytthing? 

Name: Julie | Date: Aug 2nd, 2011 4:31 PM
Hey Chris will you go out with me? 

Name: sabrina | Date: Sep 21st, 2011 5:50 PM
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