Thursday, September 22, 2016 25 Comments
Does sitting on a balance ball help children with ADHD in the classroom?
Guestpost from David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University
© ATTENTION RESEARCH UPDATE; September 21, 2016
Let’s NOT discount the science
Could sitting on a balance ball help children with ADD/ADHD/EFD be more focused and on-task in the classroom?
While the idea may strike many as implausible, several small but interesting studies conducted since 2003 suggests there may be something to this.
Dr. Rabiner recently received a question from a long-time subscriber and teacher about whether there was any research to support a practice in her school of having children with ADHD sit on fidget cushions when seated on the floor or chair.
The idea behind this approach is that children with ADHD may benefit from more movement in the classroom because being in motion allows their brains to be more fully engaged.
He was not immediately aware of any research on this issue, and it initially struck him as a bit far fetched. When he searched the literature, however, he came across several small but interesting studies that yielded promising results.
Scroll DOWN for his excellent summary
of this small body of work.
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ABOUT: I have been a huge fan of Dr. David Rabiner’s ATTENTION RESEARCH UPDATE since its inception in 1997. Not only do I count on his comprehensive, plain-English explanations of up-to-date research trends and developments as key resources in my drive to keep my information base current, I also archive them for future reference.
I urge any professional working with individuals with Attentional Spectrum deficits and struggles — whether teachers, counselors, coaches, therapists or physicans — to sign yourself up before the idea falls through the cracks. (Parents and ADD/EFDers themselves can benefit too!)