New Treatment for Hyperactivity: Nature Walks
Hiking in the woods seems to alleviate ADHD, say two researchers from University of Illinois, in two studies mentioned briefly in Science News.1 The article begins, “Does spending more playtime amid greenery improve behavior in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?” (emphasis added). Apparently, yes. The setting, not just the activity, is part of the equation, the studies indicate. One test took hyperactive children on walks, some in the city and some in the country. “After the walk, children who took the nature trail performed better on a test of attention than did their counterparts who strolled in an urban setting.”
1Ben Harder, “Nature reduces kids’ signs of attention disorder,” Science News, Week of Sept. 18, 2004; Vol. 166, No. 12 , p. 190.
Children are too complex for experiments like this to be completely trustworthy, with so many variables to consider, but any parent should instinctively know this makes sense. Stop depriving kids by confining them to zoos of smog, concrete, electronic gadgets and traffic noise, and then punishing them with drugs if they get rowdy. For their health, give them space in the environment they were made for: in touch with the wonders of nature, with time to see beautiful things and reflect on their Creator’s wisdom. A picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s another thousand for a bonus, and some teacher/parent tips for places to go and things to do. What a healthy idea: Creation Safaris for kids.