116 – Grounding Techniques for ADHD Kids with Lauren Connelly
ADHD Thrive Institute
ADHD Thrive Institute
116 - Grounding Techniques for ADHD Kids with Lauren Connelly
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Grounding: could it be the missing piece in your child’s ADHD management? Find out in this episode of the Soaring Child podcast with guest Lauren Connolly.

Connolly is an artist whose life work is a testament to the tranquil power of connecting with nature and expressing oneself through art. She has a passion for art and biology, stemming from childhood days surrounded by wildlife magazines, dreams of creating beautiful art, and countless days exploring the forest. Lauren’s artistic endeavors flourish through Wild Developments Studio, where her vibrant pieces celebrate the natural world through wildlife photography, watercolor painting, and nature journaling. New in 2024, Wild Developments Podcast aimed to inspire people to connect with nature through storytelling and the visual arts.

Tune in to this episode to learn how grounding can help your child with ADHD!

Link Mentioned in the Show:

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 Show Notes

Key Takeaways:

[5:20] What is grounding?

[7:08] Why Lauren got interested in grounding

[8:49] The challenges of grounding for kids with ADHD

[10:58] 7 specific grounding techniques

[25:25] The benefits of grounding

[30:20] Advice for parents who want to incorporate grounding into their daily lives

[32:51] Where to find Lauren online


Memorable Moments:

”Grounding…refers to different practices and techniques aimed at reconnecting individuals with the present moment, with their bodies, and with the natural world.”

”These are things we’ve been doing for centuries that we’ve become so disconnected from it.”

”Grounding is kind of an exercise. The more you do these things, the more you’re going to train your brain and be in touch with your brain.”

”We’ve got nature journaling, deep breathing, mindfulness, meditation, sensory grounding, forest bathing, play and exercise, and water coloring.”

”You’re just literally mindfully experiencing the forest, so you’re standing out in the forest, bathing in the atmosphere, taking a slow, deliberate walk. This isn’t hiking. This isn’t like getting to a destination. This is simply just being in the forest and engaging with the senses, the sights, the sounds, the smells. It’s not a physical exercise. It’s about connecting with nature and promoting relaxation and stress reduction.”

”There’s so many scientific studies that suggest that it reduces stress, improves mood, it lowers your heart rate…”

”Even just listening to the sounds of the forest can help you when you can’t get out or looking at a picture of nature…Sometimes we have to find creative ways to get grounded when we can’t go outside and enjoy nature.”

”The most important benefits that come across through grounding is the reduced stress and anxiety…It also helps with muscle relaxation and also helping to cope with overwhelm…It can improve focus and concentration…You also have enhanced emotional regulation…You have better sleep quality…You have increased self-esteem…”

”Start small. Take baby steps…Be forgiving with yourself.”

”Having that schedule really helps and scheduling that time to do something grounding every day.”


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