Studies Suggest Children With A.D.H.D May Benefit From Fidgeting

According to a study published in Child Psychology, children with attention defecit hyperactivity disorder, orA.D.H.D., may actual benefit from fidgeting. Although most children suffering from hyperactivity and concentration disorders are encouraged to sit still, the study suggests that wriggling around may actually help with focusing.

In A.D.H.D., hyperactivity is the dominant symptom in attention deficit disorders and often the main on parents and teachers notice. However, this same system fails to show how well, or if a child can concentrate reports Dr. Daniel Amen.

Julie Schweitzer, behavoral sciences professor at the University of California, Davis, questions whether past studies, which focused on rechanneling the child’s hyperactivity, should have placed more emphasis on why the child was so hyperactive to begin with. In the study that consisted of 26 boys and girls with A.D.H.D., children who bobbled their legs and wriggled (fidgeting markers) while testing, scored significantly better than those who did not.

The study suggests that hyperactivity is a mechanism for “cognitive regulation” and hyperactivity is a critical key to beneit of children suffering from A.D.H.D.