Children with ADHD ‘learn better when fidgeting’

Medical News Today
Written by James McIntosh
Monday 20 April 2015

Published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) found that excessive movement characteristic of ADHD helps children with the condition to retain information and work out complex cognitive tasks.  ‘They have to move to maintain alertness, ’explains Dr. Rapport.  In contrast, the children without ADHD performed worse at the tasks when moving more.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this finding once again shows how the symptoms of ADHD, dyslexia and related disorders must be classified into dtysfunctioning vs. compensatory. Thus, for example, the need for dyslexics to slow down their reading speed, use a finger to read, tilt their heads and even vocalize all serve similar compensatory purposes. They all help the underlying oculomotor fixation and tracking dysfunction of inner-ear origin. However, it is crucial to recognize that some need motion to better read and study whereas others who are motion sensitive find movement distracting and disruptive.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:



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