Everyone says that exercise will help the ADHD problem child because breaking a sweat means that he or she is much less likely to fly off the handle or have a meltdown or angry outburst.
Is there any scientific basis for this statement? Yes, because all the research to date shows that exercise relieves stress by increasing the norepinehrine and dopamine neurotransmitters. That will lead to a better mood and a shorter fuse so that losing temper will take longer. Exercise will also take the child's mind off the cause of his anger so it performs a double function. It can both reduce causative factors and also calm the reaction so that anger can be managed more easily.
Another aspect of the ADHD problem child is how to channel angry violent actions into calmer more rational activities. We have to let them concentrate on letting off steam by doing some physical activity, as I mentioned above about sports and exercise or simply jumping on a trampoline.
Getting children to express how they are feeling in words rather than actually reacting in a violent physical way is a great way to help with anger management. If the child can actually say that he wants to hit you because he is so angry, then that is much better than him using physical force and much less stressful for you too!
But to do this they will need more exposure to words and vocabulary. We should always encourage children to express how they are feeling in words. Using reading, word games on car trips and so on are great ways to have fun with words and to help them to express their thoughts, emotions and feelings verbally.
As regards medications helping with anger management, we know that psychostimulant drugs can calm an ADHD problem child down by reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity. These drugs though are controversial and their side effects and long term health risks can be quite worrying.
But there are safer alternatives. I have explained all these on a website where you can find out more about ADHD alternative treatments. Your ADHD problem child will have a much better chance in life if you follow some of the suggestions there.About the Author:
Yes,you CAN raise happier, calmer and better behaved children. Discover how the right treatment for the ADHD problem child can turn him or her around. Experts now tell us that child behavior modification combined with a natural treatment for ADHD is by far the most effective ADHD treatment.