Thursday, April 21, 2005

Wilderness Calms Wild Child

The Value of Green Time for Kids with ADHD

New scientific research proves children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) function better if they spend part of their day outdoors in nature.

The research results were very specific. In order to improve ADHD symptoms, the children in the study had to be outdoors in a natural setting.

The more natural and the more “wilderness-like” the setting, the more the children’s behavior improved. For example, playing outside in forests and open spaces calmed the ADHD children more than organized sports in park fields. Active play in indoor gymnasiums or outdoor play on paved surfaces, such as skateboarding in a city parking lot, did not reduce symptoms as much as time spent in a wilderness setting. . . .

{ thanks to C.B. for sending this. The article is documented and explained more online at: }


At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is most interesting


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