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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Yesterday, I ran across a great site for kids health! It is called Kidshealth.org. They have both a written blog and an audio blog that kids can listen to. The site has many resources for kids, teens and for parents, each under their own tab at the top of the page.

For kids with ADHD, anger or anxiety issues,  or kids dealing with trauma or loss, it can be confusing and scary to go to therapy or see a psychiatrist. this blog post here does a great job explaining therapy to children. And instead of having parents read the post to their children, the blog provides an audio version of the post so that kids can listen to it. However, the audio voice is kind of robotic ,so parent may want to read the article to their kids out loud if the child cannot focus on the audio. Here is the blog post: Going to a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Therapist.

Kidshealth.org has a lot of good info about feelings, handling bullying, dealing with puberty and changes in the body and more!  The site has a great list of blog posts about feelings that are explained in language children can understand. Here is a list of topics they cover to teach kids about their feelings:

Check the website out if you are a parent or work with kids and tell us what you think about it was it useful to you? Did your child find it useful!?

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Image from Mentalhealth.net

Image from Mentalhealth.net

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Recently I was reading about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and wondered if there have been any studies done about exercise and ADHD. Kids with ADHD tend to be restless fidgety and have a hard time sitting down and performing the demands of Westernized school work (Sitting and focusing on reading or math without moving). I also have heard that many schools have limited gym, music and art classes due to budget cuts and that some schools even limit recess. In winter, recess is often moved indoors to the gym, if the school has a gym!  So what is the effect on children, especially children with ADHD?  I would imagine they would become even more restless and fidgety.

So I took a look at WebMD, a fairly reputable source of medical info on the web. And what I found did not surprise me!  According to WebMD, physical activity was a valid treatment for kids with ADHD, especially those that do not respond well to medication. AND even more important, WebMD states that spending time in nature can also be calming for children diagnosed with ADHD, regardless of whether they are on medication. WebMD is pro-medication and I understand their position as a medical site. I would not advocate that we take kids with severe symptoms of ADHD off medication and just let them frolic in the park. (Although it would be pretty wonderful if our schools made nature walks and playing physically more important role in child development.) But it’s great to know there is actually scientific evidence that promoting physical activity and time outdoors in nature as a treatment option for kids with ADHD! And for adults with and without ADHD, nature walks and physical activity is pretty great too!

 

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