Not only am I an expert in ADD/ADHD issues, I have played one on TV.
ADD/ADHD is a diagnosable medical condition.
Adolescents with ADD are at far more likely to engage in risky behaviors.
Drugs. Sex. Speed. Anything that gets the adrenalin going.
Having said that, many people with ADD can hyperfocus for rather
insane lengths of time. It is almost exclusively related to the amount of immediate
feedback received from the activity.
Video games are a perfect example. Skiing is a great example. So is tennis.
Any sport that requires near immediate adjustments on the part of the participant.
Running marathons, not so much. Parkour, different story.
Every family has to decide for themselves how they want their child to be treated.
Any drug that turns a child into a robot is the wrong drug.
There are several effective medications that are not stimulants.
There are several non-prescription supplements that seem to have some effect.
This does not mean they are not acting on the same neural pathways that
prescription medications do.
I have seen the right medication turn a child headed for self-destruction into a kid
with effective executive function.
I've seen medications that make a kid loony or stoned.
I've seen a child with a traumatic brain injury caused by an auto wreck. He didn't have ADD, the driver did,
and the driver's parents let the kid go off-meds on the weekends.
And I've seen everything in-between.
If you can effectively multi-task, you do NOT have ADD. They are mutually exclusive.
There is no black and white here. But there is plenty of information.
Look at the brain-based research, not the politically charged stuff.
Disclaimer: I am the mother of an ADD son, who does take a stimulant medication.
If "robot" means a straight A student with good executive function, then I guess he's a robot. lol
I didn't want the medication to work. I wanted it to be age, etc. It wasn't. For him, it works.
So, to make my long story longer...no, skiing cannot be used as a component of the
diagnosis by exclusion paradigm. Some would argue it's the other way around.
I'd actually encourage an ADDer to ski. There is some really interesting research out there about the benefits of
doing any activity that crosses the midline of your body. Also super awesome for developing high levels of proprioception.
But when the rubber hits the road, that's your child you have to make decisions for.
some times those decisions are hard, whether you chose medication or not.
Cheers from the frontlines!