Fun, laughter & breathing
Children with ADD/ADHD are often in a state of stress in school. It is therapeutic to teach them strategies (at home, school, or in private therapy) to help them calm down and relax. Hyperactive/impulsive children, in particular, gain the most from learning techniques that relax their minds and bodies, recognize their internal feelings, and release inner tension. These strategies empower children with a feeling of peace and self-control.
There are a variety of techniques that have proven effective in helping us to slow down, and to improve focus and awareness. One book, in particular, is a gold mine of wonderful ideas, step-by-step exercises, and activities for teachers and parents to help children achieve this sense of relaxation and well-being. Centerplay: Focusing Your Child's Energy, was written by Holly Young Huth, a relaxation consultant and teacher specializing in early childhood education.
Fun and Laughter
Laughter is one of the best ways to release stress and feel good. The chemicals released in the body through laughter reduce pain and tension. So, there is probably no substitute for finding ways to have fun and to laugh with our children.
Many of us know the positive effects of controlled breathing through our training in Lamaze or other natural-childbirth classes. Controlled, conscious breathing has the benefit of relaxing muscles and reducing stress. Many believe it is useful in the management, perhaps cure, of some physical ailments and disease.