Help! No sport/activity for our ADHD son for the next 3 weeks? It’ll be hell!!!

Yesterday, my youngest son found out he had fractured his thumb on his left hand. It didn’t require a plaster cast, but it does require a splint which fastens firmly around his left hand and wrist.
Oh dear! He is left handed and had a test at school later that day. My boy smiled secretly to himself at beating the system and fist punched the air.
‘No sport for at least three weeks,’ said the paramedic at the hospital – and my son’s face fell!
‘Can’t I do rugby training?’ No.
‘What about football? I don’t use my hands.’ No.
‘Can I skateboard?’ No.
The pacing has begun already!
We write a lot about my eldest son with ASD/ADHD, but we haven’t written so much about the complexities of my youngest son. He too has ADHD, but we have been very lucky. He is not naughty, rude or belligerent (apart from the usual teenage angst). He is kind, funny, happy, caring and – so we’re told – unfailingly polite and helpful in company. So what is the problem?
Well…he quite literally CANNOT keep still!
Without activity, he paces…and paces…and PACES!
Without activity he cannot focus, and paces…and paces…and PACES!
Without activity he seeks sensory input from elsewhere and becomes very loud.
Without stimuli from activity he resorts to his favourite sport of old; winding up his older brother, who has ASD, and cannot cope with the excessive movement, speed and decibel levels. This is dangerous sport to say the least!
In a report from an Occupational Therapist we have it in writing that he concentrates best when he is moving. Without sport he has to find another way to move…so he…you’ve guessed it, paces!
In the past we have tried various ADHD medications prescribed by Psychiatrists at CAMHS to help with his restlessness, both of body and mind, but quite simply, he didn’t like them. He said they ‘made his head feel funny,’ and although they did achieve what they were meant to achieve in aiding his focus, he lost what we call ‘his sparkle’ – and as a teacher once told me, ‘he is very sparkly isn’t he!’
We are not here to force so-called ‘solutions’ on him though. He didn’t like the medication, so we found another way of managing his ADHD – through sport and exercise.
Until now – and might I add much to our surprise – he has not injured himself sufficiently to withdraw from any of the numerous sports he takes part in.
Now, we ALL face an Easter break without sport, and particularly without skateboards!
I’m sure at the end of two weeks we will ALL be pacing!!
Oh dear!

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