Child Wellbeing|Insights

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions in childhood. It mainly affects a child’s ability to focus and to process information and, as a result, children may face some struggles at school. ADHD however can also develop positive characteristics which can be encouraged and nurtured.

Children with ADHD usually present high levels of energy and drive, empathy and a willingness to assist others. They can be extremely creative and able to hyper-focus on certain tasks. ADHD can manifest in three different forms: inattentive presentation, hyperactive presentation or combined type. For each type, we have put together a list of activities to support their development.

Read our blog on How to Support Children with ADHD here


Children with this type of ADHD may present traits such as forgetfulness, short attention span or poor listening. Parents can support their child by reminding them of tasks, setting timers for activities, and checking on them often. Our top tips:

  • Team sports might be a bit overwhelming. Try individual sports such track, aerobic exercises, martial arts or swimming
  • Dancing or learning an instrument may help improve their attention span, memory and self-esteem
  • Building toys such as lego or blocks can develop psychomotor skills and improve focus
  • An indoor scavenger hunt can be a fun way to train attention and memory. Offer lots of praise for remaining on task!
  • Creative writing, sensory play, painting or drawing are therapeutic ways for helping (all!) children to verbalise emotions


Children with a hyperactive form of ADHD might present traits such as impulsiveness, impatience, or extreme energy. They can also be incredible problem solvers and be hyper-focused on things that interest them. These children might benefit from some of the following activities:

  • Physical activity. Sports like track, climbing, martial arts, tennis, or swimming can be helpful. Activities with lots of noises (audience, instructions from coaches, other kids) can become overwhelming
  • Meditation and yoga can be a good way to wind down at the end of day and relax before bed. It can also strengthen attention and focus
  • Board games are a fun way to develop investigative and problem-solving skills further
  • Nature walks can be calming and engaging. They can also be used for them to discover new things about our local wildlife!


Children with a combined type of ADHD may present traits from both inattentive and hyperactive diagnoses. For these children, it is important to assess their individual strengths and struggles and encourage their interests as much as possible. A combination of both calming and energetic activities can be beneficial, as it gives them time to release energy and then also to relax.

  • Gardening can be a good way to make them take care of something other than themselves, improve their attention and memory and provide them with a positive purpose
  • Hiking, backpacking or scouting
  • Art and music classes
  • For older children, volunteering in an animal shelter can be a great way to develop their empathy and willingness to assist others

For some children with ADHD, being in a classroom might not be the best setting for them. Some families explore alternative forms of education including home schooling, outdoor learning, the Montessori method or unschooling.

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