Children that have ADHD are often reprimanded for moving around, but fidgeting a little may help them learn. In fact, the more these kids fidgeted while working on a memory task the better they performed. Try not to force your child to sit perfectly still. Consider how your child can move at home or at school. For example, sitting on an activity ball or using a stand up desk. We all have our own ways of staying focused, such as doodling or pacing around the room. Kids with ADHD may need a little more room to move than the rest of us. On a personal note, my son who has ADHD and is homeschooled likes to stand and do his work. He stands on one leg and places the knee of the other leg in his chair. In the beginning this would drive me nuts. I would say to him, “Just sit down and do your work.” However, as I observed him standing there doing his work, the work he was doing turned out to be excellent. He is now finishing his 4th grade year with one semester on the A/B Honor Roll and one semester on the Principals Honor Roll. So stand all you want kid. Just keep up the good work. In conclusion, don’t become overwhelmed by your kids movements. If this is what helps them focus and the results are good, straying away from the norm is perfectly acceptable. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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  1. Mike Ritchie says:

    I have just recently found out I have 10 year old son who is Add/ADHD and i need help understanding this he very intelligent and out going so any comments would be appreciated. Thank you

    • sconst71 says:

      It is a very complex subject. In its basic form it means that a person has trouble focusing or staying focused, like daydreaming constantly. It also means that they have trouble staying still for periods of time. This does not mean that they should sit perfectly still. No kid can do that. Heck, I can’t even do that. If you have any specific questions, feel free to send them along. I will do my best to answer helpfully or point you in the right direction. Hope this helps you out a little bit.

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