Fidgeting May Benefit Children With A.D.H.D.

Posted by Gretchen Reynolds on 9/25/2016 to News
Fidgeting May Benefit Children With A.D.H.D.
Instead of telling children with hyperactivity and attention problems to sit still, perhaps we should encourage them to wriggle at will, according to a new study of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D. The study, in Child Neuropsychology, found that children with A.D.H.D. concentrate much better when they fidget than when they don’t.

Squirm with purpose: Fidgeting is helpful for ADHD patients, study shows

Posted by Kathleen Haughney on 9/25/2016 to News

Teachers have long struggled to get children to sit still at their desks. But for children with ADHD, those orders might be counterproductive.

That's the research focus of Florida State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Kofler, who is developing new, non-medication treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). New research by Kofler at FSU's Children's Learning Clinic shows that children often fidget or move when they are trying to solve a problem, and that movement may have a positive effect on children with ADHD.

Stress Toys: Mindlessness With a Purpose?

Posted by Julie Beck on 9/25/2016 to News
Stress Toys: Mindlessness With a Purpose?

The tips of all my pens are all chewed up. When I’m nervous, I take my ring off and put it back on, repeatedly. I twirl my hair and crack my knuckles and play with my necklace and slip my shoes off and on under my desk. In short, I fidget.

Fidgeting in ADHD may help children think, perform in school

Posted by Julie Schweitzer on 9/25/2016 to News
The constant movement of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be distracting -- but the fidgeting also may improve their cognitive performance, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The take-away message: The hyperactivity seen in ADHD may help children think.

Stop Fidgeting?!? Um, Bad Idea

Posted by Roland Rotz, Ph.D., and Sarah D. Wright on 9/17/2016 to News
Stop Fidgeting?!? Um, Bad Idea

What Is a Fidget?

Experts believe that engaging in an activity that uses a sense other than what's required for your primary task — listening to music while reading a social studies textbook, for example — can enhance focus and improve performance in children with attention deficit disorder. These secondary tasks are called fidgets — mindless activities you can do while working on a primary task.
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