The Therapeutic Benefits of Martial Arts for Children with ADD/ADHD
Williamsburg’s very own, BAEPLEX Family Martial Arts Center has been helping children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for over 40 years. Children with ADD or ADHD face challenges with focus, impulse control, and overall self-regulation. In recent years, more and more families and therapists have reached out to us as a source for children dealing with these conditions. Here are a few ways our martial arts program can positively impact children with ADD/ADHD.
1. Improved Focus and Concentration:
Our martial arts training emphasizes mental focus and concentration. Through our consistent and structured routines, children with ADD/ADHD can develop enhanced attention spans. The repetitive nature of martial arts techniques further develops the ability to concentrate on tasks both within and outside the training environment.
2. Enhanced Self-Control:
One of our core principles is Self-Control. As children with ADD/ADHD often struggle with impulsive behavior, we provide a structured environment to Learn, Practice and Re-enforce Self-Discipline. Learning to control movements and reactions during our martial arts sessions translates into improved Self-Control in daily life.
3. Increased Physical Activity:
Regular physical activity is crucial for all children’s overall well-being. Our martial arts program is excellent at meeting children where they are at physically and offer a wide variety of dynamic and engaging exercises. The combination of aerobic and anaerobic activities in our sessions, help release excess energy and reduce hyperactivity associated with ADHD. Additionally, the physical exertion promotes better sleep patterns, contributing to improved cognitive function.
4. Building Confidence and Self-Esteem:
BAEPLEX focuses on Individual Progress and Personal Achievements. Because children with ADD/ADHD often struggle with low self-esteem, we offer a platform for them to Set and Achieve Goals. Achieving personal benchmarks or earning belts/recognition for their efforts establishes a clear and tangible pathway to their own improvement.
5. Social Skills Development:
We take great pride in meeting people where they are and helping them develop into the best versions of themselves. We offer a structured social environment, fostering positive interactions with peers and instructors. Working together in sessions and “off the mat” encourages communication which can translate into improved relationships and better integration in various social settings.
6. Stress Reduction and Emotional Regulation:
Mindfulness is a staple in the BAEPLEX program. Learning how to calm down and breath can aid in stress reduction and the regulation of emotions for children with ADD/ADHD. The meditative aspects of our martial arts program contribute to a calmer state of mind, reducing anxiety and promoting emotional well-being.
From improving focus and self-control to fostering social skills and emotional regulation, our martial arts program offers a holistic approach to addressing the challenges children with ADD/ADHD. As more parents, therapists and educators recognize the positive impact of martial arts on the well-being of children with ADD/ADHD, it becomes an increasingly valuable tool in promoting their overall development and success. If you live in Williamsburg and are looking for more information about the Kids Martial Arts program at BAEPLEX, please Call/Text us at (757) 784-7940.