Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (Adhd) Is The Most

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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is the most diagnosed disorder in America at a staggering 11 percent of the nation 's children. That statistic equals to 6.4 million children ages 4-17 being diagnosed with this disorder. According to The Center for Disease Control (CDC), this means more students than ever are being diagnosed with a disorder which makes learning difficult for them. Dealing with this disorder can be extremely difficult as an educator and a student. One of many approaches by educators have been the use of out-of-the-box teaching tools such as exercise balls. Seasoned teachers relying on years of experience will sometimes disregard the realities of ADHD. Most feel they understand what is going on in…show more content…
Sparks study, using tools to allow creative minds to blossom is something he suggests. According to a study published in The Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, by Cory Armes, M.E suggests hyperactivity may actually help students overcome their attention problems. Running, jumping and even rolling around in class actually helps an ADHD student concentrate. Most ADHD students become restless when they are asked to do a task involving the use of the executive functioning of the brain. Research also shows when students with ADHD were asked to do a task which involved working with memory and organization, students that were given permission to move or fidget performed much better than students who were asked to be still. This study proves the ADHD student’s gross motor movements helps them finish intellectual tasks. In essence if a student with ADHD is allowed to move around and fidget, they will be more successful in their work. What does this mean to the average student and teacher? Studies have shown to help an ADHD student succeed, he or she must be allowed to be hyperactive. How does one control this hyperactive behavior? A wobble chair, an exercise ball as a seat and small fidget devices such as squishy balls, cubes, and spinners can be used by ADHD students to keep them in their space and be less of a distraction for others in the class. Allowances are made for children with wheelchairs along with other disabilities and
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