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Time (3/25, Cloud) reported that, according to a study scheduled to be published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, “a better approach for” schoolchildren with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “is to let them move all they want,” because “many kids use their movements…to stay focused. In other words, it may be that excessive movement doesn’t prevent learning, but actually facilitates it.” For the study, researchers at the University of Central Florida in Orlando followed “23 boys ages eight to 12” over “four years.” Twelve of the children “had an AD/HD diagnosis. The other 11 were developing normally.” After analyzing data based on a series of tests given to the children, the team concluded that youngsters with AD/HD may “have a hard time with working memory because they lack adequate cortical arousal,” and theorized that “their squirms and fidgets help stimulate that arousal.” The authors suggested “a classroom technique for AD/HD kids: Don’t overly tax their working memory.”

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