Tai Chi for Children

            On ADHD, ADD, and also TIPS for TEACHERS on Teaching Kids


Tai Chi and Qigong for Children:

Kids are the embodiment of change, and change can be very stressful. Their minds and bodies grow at phenomenal rates, so they are constantly having to work with new and different bodies, making coordination and balance a big issue. Tai Chi, with its emphasis on balance, is well suited to address all these challenges.

Preparing for Athletics and Life

Tai Chi works to integrate the mind and
body, skeletal and muscular systems, and
left brain and right brain. In physical terms, this centering is built around an awareness of moving
with good posture and from a low center of gravity,
or the vertical axis and the dan tien.

Gifted athletes are people who are naturals at this kind of self-awareness and movement. Since most of our kids are not naturals, Tai Chi can be a most effective way to help your child prepare for athletics and to simply be comfortable in their rapidly changing bodies.

Treating Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

ADD is a growing problem not only with children, but adults as well. Tai Chi may be a wonderful adjunct therapy for treating ADD because it augments many of the mood management techniques recommended for ADD sufferers. A University of Miami School of Medicine study shows Tai Chi is a powerful therapy for ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder).


Check with your child's therapist or physician before beginning Tai Chi. Also, find an effective, understanding

Tai Chi instructor who has experience teaching children.

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Teachers, click here for some tips on teaching Tai Chi and Qigong to children.

Also, learn how Tai Chi & Qigong are ALREADY being integrated into public education.

Urge your local school board to visit our "Medical Research" section and read the study on ADHD, as well as the other health benefits their student would enjoy, by incorporating a Tai Chi and Qigong program into their curriculum.

* NOTE: World Tai Chi & Qigong Day advises consulting your physician before beginning any new exercise, herbal, diet, or health program. The research listed here is meant to stimulate a discussion between you and your physician, health insurance carrier, etc., not as medical advise. Research and comments provided here are hoped to stimulate a more robust discussion of powerful natural mind/body health tools. Popular media, health media, and government must increase attention to stunning emerging research, including the UCLA study indicating Tai Chi participants enjoyed a 50% increase in immune system resistance to viral infection.

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Drs. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D., experts on the management of ADD wrote, Exercise is positively one of the best treatments for ADD. It helps work off excess energy and aggression in a positive way, it allows for noise-reduction within the mind, it stimulates the hormonal and neurochemical systems in a most therapeutic way, and it soothes and calms the body.

The slow mindful movements of Tai Chi have much to offer people who suffer from ADD. The following table explains why Tai Chi may be a perfect ADD therapy.

Tai Chi and ADD

What Experts Suggest What T'ai Chi Offers

Set aside time for recharging batteries,

something calm and restful, like meditation.

Tai Chi is a mini-vacation.

Daily exercise that is readily available and

needs little preparation can help with the

blahs that occur and with overall outlook.

Tai Chi is easy, requires no preparation,

and is a daily mood elevator.

Observe mood swings; learn to accept

them by realizing they will pass. Learn

strategies that might help bad moods

pass sooner.

Tai Chi is a tool for self-observation of

feelings and for letting those feelings go.

Use time-outs when you are upset or overstimulated; take a time-out; go away,

calm down. Tai Chi can be performed in the bathroom

at school or work, giving you a break from

the stress.

Let go of the urgency to always finish things quickly by learning to enjoy the process. Tai Chi's slow flowing routine is about

letting go of outcome and learning to love

the process.

ADD usually includes a tendency to overfocusor hyperfocus at times, to obsess or ruminate over

some imagined problem without being able

to let it go.

T'ai Chi teaches the practice of letting

go on a mental, emotional, and physical

level with each exhale.

Sage Sifu Says

T'ai Chi teachers should realize

that Tai Chi for kids with ADD

will not look like Tai Chi for

adults. It will be faster

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