Medical News You Can Use: “Bouncing Off The Walls” Edition – Movement Helps ADHD Kids Learn
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Hyperactivity Helps Children With ADHD To Learn
When children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are supposed to learn, adults usually ask them to sit still. However, a study published in the “Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology” now suggests that physical hyperactivity is essential for the cognitive learning processes.
Researchers from the University of Central Florida in Orlando conducted trials in 52 boys aged from 8 to 12. Of the group, 29 boys had ADHD, while the others showed normal development. The study subjects were asked to perform standardized tests to assess their working memory. They were filmed with a high-speed camera that recorded every movement and assessed their attention to the task.
The team under the leadership of Mark Rapport found that excessive movements are not ever-present in children with ADHD, and are apparent only when they need to use the brain’s executive functions, especially their working memory. “What we’ve found is that when they’re moving the most, the majority of them perform better,” said Rapport. “They have to move to maintain alertness.” In children without ADHD, the case was opposite.
However, that does not imply that children with ADHD should be allowed to run around the room while learning, said the researcher. But to a certain extent, he said movement should be enabled – for example sitting on activity balls or the like – to achieve better learning results.