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How can exercise help impulsivity in children with ADHD?

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If you've ever sent your child outside to burn off some energy when he or she was misbehaving, you were on the right track. Studies find that exercise helps control impulses and other behavior problems in kids with ADHD.

Think about signing your child up for a sports team, such as basketball, soccer, or baseball. Playing a sport not only gives kids exercise, but it also teaches them important social skills, such as how to follow rules and take turns.

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children."

Verret, C. , September 2010. Journal of Attention Disorders

HEARD Alliance: "Inattention and Impulsivity."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Your Adolescent -- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Verma, R. , January-June 2011. Journal of Pediatric Neuroscience

Child Mind Institute: “Behavioral Treatments for Kids with ADHD.”

Help Guide.org: “ADD/ADHD Parenting Tips.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 1, 2019

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children."

Verret, C. , September 2010. Journal of Attention Disorders

HEARD Alliance: "Inattention and Impulsivity."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Your Adolescent -- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Verma, R. , January-June 2011. Journal of Pediatric Neuroscience

Child Mind Institute: “Behavioral Treatments for Kids with ADHD.”

Help Guide.org: “ADD/ADHD Parenting Tips.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 1, 2019

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Are there specific ADHD medicines to help with impulsive behavior?

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