Let Students With ADHD Fidget, Says Study
Toe-tapping, squirming, and finger-drumming could actually be a helpful part of the learning process for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, says a new study from the University of Central Florida and published last month in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
The study involved 52 boys between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, 29 of whom had been diagnosed with ADHD. Each child performed a series of tasks that tested his short-term memory skills. The students with ADHD who performed the best were also the ones who moved the most while working.