Let’s be serious, coaching any sport isn’t easy regardless of age, sex, race or type of sport. When children compete, they have their own mental and emotional issues that can quickly become their worst competition. Even more so for children with ADHD – they have delicate egos and their own personal struggles that make them more prone to internal and external interference. Trouble with frustration, recovery skills, tolerance, self-assessment and communication can transform a football field, a tennis court or a soccer field into a battleground of negative self-talk and restricted self-control.
There are several factors that need to be addressed when coaching, and both the parents AND the coaches need to be proactive. There are several strategies that help ADHD children manage their emotional competition challenges that can help safeguard the enjoyable and positive contributions that any sport can offer.
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