Enhancing learning for students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) characteristics through movement





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Students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) typically have academic difficulties and trouble completing assigned tasks. The presence of ADHD is associated with behavioral problems as well as staying focused (i.e., difficulty staying on task, shouting out answers in class). It is important to identify effective ways to enhance the learning for students with ADHD characteristics. Movement in the classroom has been found to impact some of the difficulties students with ADHD may present. The following research includes a six week period of study using baseline observation, partial movement instruction, and complete movement instruction with one female and two male second grade students. The movement activity selected for the study was the focus segment of MeMoves. The data was recorded using a measurement of frequency of on- and off-task behaviors. The study found that even the smallest amount of movement increased students' ability to focus in the classroom.

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