There’s the old adage, “Children should be seen and not heard.” Well, that may not hold true anymore, especially in the case of children afflicted with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or more commonly referred to as ADHD.
According to a recent study published in Child Neuropsychology, children with ADHD should be encouraged to finagle, wiggle, and in essence, be restless, instead of being told to sit down and don’t make a sound. The study contends that ADHD children are able to focus better when they are restless.
The study conducted at the University of California, Davis, addresses the association of a child’s ability to concentrate and hyperactivity. Research scientists sought to determine if hyperactivity is a trigger for the level of cognitive functioning in young children, and could it be of benefit?
The study employed 44 children ranging in age from 10 to 17, that were afflicted with ADHD or were in the typically developmental stage and showed no indication of psychiatric co-morbidity or learning issues. Separated into two groups, the participants wore an actometer to gauge their activity rates in conjunction with cognitive control, which addressed the correlation of frequency, and activity intensity to task accuracy.
According to Susan McGalla, it is believed that hyperactivity is of benefit for children with attention deficits, team researcher, Dr. Schweitzer commented, and most likely developed to serve as a coping mechanism, with their inability to concentrate.