At Kamaruka, we adopt a cognitive-behavioural approach in our alternative education program, with the view of assisting students to develop the skills to navigate societal expectations, whilst also offering them the opportunity to nurture the development of their unique strengths and abilities through physical activity.
Martial Arts (Karate), Advanced Motor Skills (AMS) and Fun Fitness Friday are all part of each student’s weekly timetable.
Exercise is known to help improve concentration and focus in children with ADHD. Both short-term exercise, such as a one-off active game, and consistent long-term exercise have been found to improve cognitive functions normally impaired in ADHD. This includes improvements in processing speed, attention span, impulse control and working memory.
Exercise also provides opportunities for positive social interactions. This is beneficial especially as children with ADHD are more likely to struggle with poorer social communication skills. Team-based sports and games offer a shared and structured activity that helps them form friendships.