Home' Schools Directory : 2016 Contents GreatTip!ChildrenwithADHDaremorelikelytoaccomplishthetaskathandiftherearen’ttoomanythingscompetingfortheirattention.
As any educator can tell you, taking a
classroom of children on an excursion or
camp can be a hectic experience. Out of
the classroom and into the wider world,
children can be high spirited and loud
– and may push the boundaries a little
more often than they would in class!
The child with ADHD, or Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is no
different, but has the added elements
that characterise the disorder:
• Inattention – having difficulty
concentrating, forgetting instructions,
moving from one task to another
without completing anything
• Impulsivity – talking over the top of
others, having a ‘short fuse’, being
• Overactivity – constant restlessness
Source: Better Health Channel, Victorian
Adding a child with ADHD to the
excitable ‘mix’ of a school excursion or
camp can appear a daunting prospect,
but it needn’t be.
By selecting excursions and activities
that better suit children with ADHD,
and following a few simple guidelines,
you can make your school excursions or
camp a success for everyone involved.
So what activities are best for children
with ADHD, and why?
Most students, ADHD or not, love being
outside – especially in nature settings.
So whether you are planning a day
excursion or thinking of camp ideas,
consider outdoor activities that are
likely to appeal to high energy children,
such as cross country biking, aquatic
activities or hiking. The biggest plus
with these activities are that they are
all go, go, go.....unlike more organised
sports such as soccer or softball where
there is more ‘standing around’ time.
Quick tip Scouting-style activities are
particularly suitable for students with
ADHD. Activities such as rope climbing,
obstacle courses and orienteering are
physical and highly structured – and use
a range of different learning styles.
Getting the best out of
your activity or camp
Follow these simple tips to give your
excursion or camp the greatest chance
Plan ahead Children with ADHD often
don’t have a lot of patience, so plan
ahead to counter this. For example, if
you have planned a day trip to a popular
sightseeing event that generally has
long entrance lines, ring ahead and
organise for your group to have priority
access. If you can’t avoid long periods
of ‘waiting’ time, have snacks on hand
and perhaps a ball or small toy to keep
children with ADHD occupied. Also
ensure you have enough parent helpers
on board to allow for extra one-on -one
time for children with ADHD.
Be flexible. Remember that every child
with ADHD is unique, and what works
best for one child may not work well for
Smaller is better. Remember, when it
comes to group activities, smaller often
works better for the child with ADHD.
Fewer students means less distractions
and better focus – and more one-on-one
support from teachers and caregivers.
Choose activities that build self-esteem.
Select activities that are fun – and build
self-confidence. Children with ADHD
often struggle to ‘fit in’ at school or
socially, so activities and excursions that
focus on building self-esteem, such as
sport, art or music, are important.
Remember to encourage and praise.
Children with ADHD can be forgetful
and may have trouble sticking
with a task, so a little praise and
encouragement from teachers and
caregivers along the way can be
Swimming is an ideal activity for
children with ADHD, as it involves
constant movement, self-discipline
and concentration. And like all exercise,
swimming helps students – ADHD or
not - burn off excess energy and stay
Summer is here, and what better way
to celebrate than with a water-based
activity excursion or aquatics camp?
Team sports – such as structured
aquatics activities – offer all children,
including those with ADHD, a chance
to learn social skills and see how other
children act in a cooperative setting.
Activities that focus on team work
rather than competition, such as sailing,
Quick tip Children with ADHD can
struggle with learning the rules, taking
turns and cooperating with other
children, so when you are dividing a class
into separate activities at the beach or on
camp, ensure children with ADHD are in
an activity that genuinely interests them.
Simple, traditional games are great
for shorter attention spans, and small,
frequent wins can build self-esteem.
Incorporate some physical activity into
the game, such as ‘Simon Says’ and
you’re likely to have a winner!
Teacher tip: TV and video games
generally do not work for children with
ADHD – and can actually decrease their
attention span, so limit them in your
Music exercises both sides of the brain
at the same time, training the mind to
multitask better, making music-based
activities an ideal ‘fit’ for children with
ADHD. Interschool music events, such
as choir, orchestra or band practice are
generally winners for music-oriented
children with ADHD.
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