Researchers have found that the foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements are vital to how such children remember information and work out complex tasks.The findings show the longtime prevailing methods for helping children with ADHD may be misguided."The typical interventions target reducing hyperactivity.

It is exactly the opposite of what, we should be doing for a majority of children with ADHD," said one of the study's authors, Mark Rapport from University of Central Florida. "The message isn't 'Let them run around the room,' but you need to be able to facilitate their movement, so they can maintain the level of alertness necessary for cognitive activities," Rapport explained.

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