The great outdoors is great for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research suggests that being outside in natural environments reduces the severity of ADHD symptoms in kids (see here and here).
“[Being outside] provides ADHD children with a more open environment to appropriately express their energy,” according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Psychotherapist Terry Matlen, ACSW, agreed. “Children who are hyperactive and impulsive can release tension far easier being outside running, jumping, swinging and playing sports than sitting indoors.”