Fid­get away

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In the past, ther­a­pies for ADHD fo­cused upon set­tling the child down. But new re­search con­ducted by the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida has dis­cov­ered that ADHD kids learn through ‘fid­get­ing’. Move­ments like squirm­ing and leg swing­ing are im­por­tant parts of the way th­ese kids re­call in­for­ma­tion and carry out com­plex cog­ni­tive tasks. Mark Rap­port, one of the study’s au­thors and head of the Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Clinic at the uni­ver­sity, said, ‘The typ­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions tar­get re­duc­ing hy­per­ac­tiv­ity. It’s ex­actly the op­po­site of what we should be do­ing for a ma­jor­ity of chil­dren with ADHD. The mes­sage isn’t “Let them run around the room,” but you need to be able to fa­cil­i­tate their move­ment so they can main­tain the level of alert­ness nec­es­sary for cog­ni­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.’ Source: http://www.sci­ re­leases/2015/04/150417190003.htm

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