Skating instead of Ritalin
„skating instead of Ritalin“ continues with its second year
In 2012 skate-aid successfully launched the “skateboarding instead of Ritalin” program, in cooperation with Dr. Dirksen & Franke doctor’s office. The project will be continued in 2013/2014 and is addressed to kids and teenager who show a rather vivid and impulsive behavior. Under the medical supervision of the doctors they can use skateboarding as an alternative or additional therapy. Also supported by the Sparkasse Münsterland Ost the parents of the participants have to assume only little of the course costs.
During the weekly skateboard workshops the kids between 10 and 14 years learn how to focus, concentrate over a long term and how to let off steam in a controlled environment. “Skateboarding promotes coordination and social competences”, claims skateboard pioneer Titus Dittmann. According to Dr. Dirsken it additionally raises the ability to handle frustration. The boys experience the joy of physical efforts and relaxing after the exercise. Ideally, and in some cases already seen, the skateboarding makes it possible for the teens to discontinue the medication.
“A lot of the participants have shown a much better behavior after the last course”, explains Dr. Thomas Dirksen, psychiatrist for children and teenager. The Doctor evaluates the process and results of the project through the experiences and opinions of the kids. The parents and the skateboard trainer Hauke Engelhardt are also involved and report constantly on the improvements of their fosterlings.
You can find more information and do online-donations for the “skateboarding instead of Ritalin” project on betterplace.