The National Institute of Mental Health lists symptoms of ADHD as difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity or over-activity. Using movement as a tool to enhance learning has been found to decrease behavioral episodes of children with ADD and ADHD. Some ADD and ADHD can be treated with non-pharmacologic agents such as physical activity. Perhaps teaching the elementary curriculum with specific emphasis on fundamental movements could decrease the symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD.
What Does a 2015 Study Show About the Link Between Attention Disorders (ADD and ADHD) and Movement?
- According to a 2015 study by the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis, physical activity seems to allow children with ADHD to focus on what they are doing.
- In children with a diagnosis of ADHD, the 2015 study found:
- Children who moved more intensely showed better cognitive performance.
- The accuracy of children's performance on tests significantly improved when they were moving.
- Hyperactivity in children with ADHD may help them think.
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