Philadelphia, PA - According to the education advocates at Brain Balance Achievement Centers —a holistic, drug-free approach to addressing behavioral, social, and learning difficulties in kids—it's easy to forsake being active during the cold months of the year. But in children with difficulties—especially in those with ADHD—movement is crucial to burn energy and keep symptoms under control.
Here are 5 surprising ways to keep your kids moving this winter:
1: THE FLOOR IS LAVA! - We've all played this classic game, but it doubles as an aerobic activity for your child—since crossing the floor "un-burned" is no easy feat.
2: DANCE IT OUT - Make a playlist full of up-tempo songs to get both you and your child off the couch—and, for extra child-parent bonding, fill it with their favorite songs.
3: GET INTO MARTIAL ARTS - Kung fu and tae kwon do give children structured environments that encourage mental focus and well as physical development.
4: SIMON SAYS...WORK OUT - Tailor what "Simon Says" to how much energy your child needs to burn off. Simon can tell your child to do gentle yoga, but he can also have her run around the house.
5: PLAY HORSE OR HOPSCOTCH - Both of these games encourage children to exercise their coordination while working on their comprehension—hopscotch challenges children to identify numbers, while the basketball game Horse uses letters.
Parents who think their child might have a social, behavioral, or learning difficulty can take this simple online assessment: Brainbalancecenters.com
After years of helping children with behavioral and social challenges, the experts at Brain Balance Achievement Centers have developed a cutting-edge (and drug-free) program combining sensory motor exercises, academic stimulation, and a clean-eating nutritional program to correct brain imbalance and improve achievement.