One of the most common symptoms of ADHD in children is fidgeting. It is often an early indicator to parents and educators that further evaluation and treatment may be necessary. Recent research indicates that not only is fidgeting incredibly common it may also be a way that children naturally cope with ADHD.
The first study, published in the Child Neuropsychology journal, indicates that children with ADHD that fidgeted the most during a test were also the most accurate. Sensors were placed on the children’s ankles to measure activity levels during a test designed to assess their ability to attend to a visual task. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology recently published another study with similar results in which children were asked to perform a variety of memory and concentration tasks. This research indicated that the children with ADHD that moved the most performed the best. Understanding fidgeting as a coping mechanism may transform the way children with ADHD are treated and how parents and educators can best meet their academic needs.
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