The Importance of Recess for Kids With ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that affects children of all ages. It can cause distraction, disorganization, concentration issues, forgetfulness, restlessness and more. Children with ADHD tend to have a particularly hard time in the classroom because this condition makes it more difficult for them to finish tasks, listen in class, sit still and concentrate.

The Importance of Recess for Kids with ADHD

For children with ADHD, recess is particularly important for a few reasons:

  • Recess keeps children from being isolated. Children with ADHD have a medical condition that makes it harder for them to avoid disruptive behaviors in the classroom. When children with ADHD are kept from recess as a punishment for causing disruptions, they are being singled out for their medical condition, and this can encourage teasing.
  • Recess can improve physical activity. All children need physical activity, and recess play is a fantastic way to do that. One of the recess benefits for ADHD children is being able to dispel excess energy and restlessness.
  • Recess and ADHD symptoms may be linked. The CDC reports that recess activities can improve concentration, memory, and attention, which children with ADHD need help with. Studies have shown that children who have ADHD can experience better results in the classroom and even have reduced symptoms when they are allowed to go out to play during recess and school breaks. Outdoor activity has also been positively linked to improved school performance.
  • Playtime can help children practice focus in a no-pressure environment. In a classroom setting, which tends to be quiet and requires long periods of staying still, it can be difficult for kids with ADHD to succeed. They may feel a lot of pressure to focus and may feel they are always being punished or reprimanded through no fault of their own. Recess, on the other hand, has fewer rules, which allows children to learn in a more comfortable environment. During recess, a child with ADHD may learn by using activity panels, for example, or they can hone their skills of following the rules by playing a game with others.
  • Recess can help build social skills. Kids with ADHD can build social skills on the playground as they learn to share and negotiate. Making friends can help them feel less alone, all while helping them build social skills.
  • Playtime is beneficial for all children. It helps them stay on track in class, helps reduce disruptions and helps with childhood development. One of the benefits of recess is that it can help ADHD sufferers reach these developmental milestones. Offering them support as well as recess time may help.

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At Miracle Recreation, we believe it is also crucial to support children with play equipment that helps them be their best. If you need inclusive and enriching playground equipment that also delivers big thrills for kids, contact your nearest Miracle Recreation sales rep to find out how we can help you build your dream playground.