Children diagnosed with ADHD may benefit due to fidgeting

Children diagnosed with ADHD may benefit due to fidgeting A fresh study embraces the belief that children suffering from ADHD should be encouraged to wriggle. Related to child neuropsychology, it revealed that children diagnosed with the disorder may concentrate better while fidgeting. One of the major symptoms of the disorder is hyperactivity for it also features in the full name. More often, this symptom is initially noticed by teachers and parents. People usually fail to estimate whether a child is concentrating or not but it is possible to understand if the child can sit or stay still.

However, the exact relationship between children’s concentration and hyperactivity is far from clear. There is cloud over hyperactivity leading to intensification of attention deficit or not. Whether the two issues are unrelated barring the fact they take place together. Similar thoughts and questions have intrigued a behavioral science professor at MIND, an institute of California.

Former studies have revealed children suffering from ADHD can concentrate better. They can also improve academically for being physically active throughout school day. However, the research primarily focused on ways to channelize the child’s hyperactivity. One of the experts involved in treating children with the disorder wonders if the emphasis is misplaced or not. Experiments should be conducted to find out reason behind the hyperactivity noticed in children.

A research involving 26 girls and boys suffering from ADHD and aged between 10 to 17 years was conducted. As many as 18 more children were roped in who weren’t suffering from the disorder. They were taken to a lab and tied with activity tracking monitor on ankle. It was mainly done to see whether the children fidgeted their legs intensely or not. Children had to sit for a computerized test determining cognitive control and attention. These kids were to understand the direction of the arrow pointing and express it by pushing a key. The same arrow was also guarded by other arrows. All of these arrows were pointed in similar direction like then main arrow. At times, this also underwent change.

Children were to reply promptly to this test by punching the exact key appearing on screen. The same test was repeated over 200 times successively. Arrows also shifted direction with every child’s potential to concentrate was entirely strained. At the trails reaching over 200 in numbers, scientists also measured the accuracy of their responses. Relevant data and information out of activity monitors were accessed in this context. The level of fidgeting in children while punching the key for indication of arrow’s direction was examined. It was discovered that children who provided the most accurate answers moved their legs ferociously and fidgeted the maximum.

Similarly while maintaining stillness, more often their responses turned out to be incorrect.

However, fidgeting had no role, discerning, positive and negative in children who weren’t suffering ADHD. Majority of these children didn’t fidget anyway. Outcomes suggested that hyperactivity can be fundamentally beneficial among children diagnosed with the attention deficit. ADHD suffering children may be hyperactivity owing to physical restlessness helping them in sharpening mental control.

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