Kids and Concentration
Out and Play! Nature Adds Up for ADD
A study by University of Illinois researchers Andrea Faber Taylor, Frances
E. Kuo and William C. Sullivan has revealed that the symptoms of children with
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are relieved after contact with nature. The
greener the setting, the more the relief.
By comparison, activities indoors such as watching TV, or outdoors in paved,
non-green areas leave ADD
children functioning worse. More than 2 million children in the United States
suffer from ADD. They
have chronic difficulty paying attention and focusing on tasks. ADD causes children
to be impulsive, prone to outbursts and sometimes to be aggressive. Often their
behavior results in family conflict, peer rejection and academic failure.
Maintaining trees and greenery near home and encouraging ADD
kids to go out and play may be a compelling approach to help ADD kids function
The information in this bulletin is from Coping With ADD:
The Surprising Connection to Green Play Settings, Environment and Behavior.
Vol. 33 No. 1. January 2001. 54-77.