ADHD is a disorder that has received a lot of coverage over the past years. Hyperactive children cannot focus or stay calm, but they also get bored, and that is where the issues start. When in school, such ADHD children are viewed as problematic since they cannot pay attention and stay seated for long. Their teachers end up scolding for disrupting class activities, and there is a no-win situation.
The newest study on the matter might prove truly helpful for children, their parents and the tutors and teachers. Florida State University researchers have conducted a study that demonstrated that fidgeting can help ADHD children learn better. Therefore, the main problem of the disorder is not hyperactivity as it has been previously believed.
25 children with ADHD took part in the test, including boys and girls aged from eight to twelve years old. All of them had to do several memory tasks. Meanwhile, the researchers monitored them and noted how much they felt the need to fidget while finishing their work.
The first task consisted of memorizing multiple dots that were projected on a screen. After they had disappeared, the children had to put them in the same color order as they have previously showed up. For the second task, the participants had to remember various numbers and letters and, later on, reorder those from the smallest one to the biggest one.
As was expected, the children fidgeted throughout the entire test. However, the researchers noticed that they tended to fidget more when they could not finish their tasks, as in remembering the dots, the numbers or the letters. The conclusion was that when the demand on memory is high, children start getting stressed and thus the hyperactivity level increases. Furthermore, the issues appear to worsen when they realize they cannot do what they were asked, and not during the actual process of learning.
Another study seconds this one, as its results point out that ADHD children who fidget can better concentrate and learn. However, fidgeting can stand for two different reasons: it either is a form of anxiousness or it actually helps them focus on the task at hand.
In either case, researchers recommend both teachers and parents to focus not on the process that determines the child to fidget, but the results of the kid when he or she is concentrating on a task. In the end, it is not so important whether they fidget if they can finish school properly with a minimum level of stress.
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