Nature Therapy Research
Using nature therapy as an alternative option for children with ADHD is a concept that is gaining momentum.
In Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder [Algonquin Books, 2006], author Richard Louv devotes an entire chapter to the benefits of nature therapy for sufferers of ADHD. He quotes several studies demonstrating that a connection with nature can lead to an increase in cognitive functioning and attention spans, with higher concentration levels.
The connection with nature can be as simple as providing a picture of or a window view to greenery, such as lawns, bushes, and trees. It could also be as intense as an Outward Bound-type excursion into the wilderness. The more intense the "green therapy", the better the results.
A study conducted by Frances E. Kuo and Andrea Faber Taylor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also found that ADHD children tend to be calmer and sleep better at night as a result of "green" or nature therapy.
Other new initiatives include the Be Out There Campaign, designed by the National Wildlife Federation and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! While designed to benefit children in general, those with ADHD can benefit even more by engaging with the outside world.