Tallahassee Parents with ADHD kids,
It is time to let your kids rock, move, or foot tap to focus. Sounds crazy we know, however most people don’t realize the ADHD brain is wired much differently than your average person’s.
One of the many characteristics that make the ADHD brain different, are the lower dopamine levels. Dopamine is the chemical that mediates pleasure in the brain. It is released during pleasurable situations and stimulates one to seek out the pleasurable activity or occupation. Dopamine is produced when you ingest sugar, experience a new or interesting experience, exercise or even move around.
WHY PEOPLE WITH ADHD NEED TO MOVE: Since the ADHD brain has lower dopamine levels, it is not uncommon for people diagnosed with the disorder to constantly move a leg, tap a foot or execute other involuntary movements. It is their body and mind’s natural way of fixing a dopamine deficit.
This movement not only helps stimulate the brain, but also helps them stay focused. Although it might appear an ADHD person is not listening to you while they are moving, it is quite the opposite. Ask them to stay still or look you in the eye to pay better attention and most likely you will get the opposite effect.
READING CAN BE DIFFICULT WITH ADHD: Reading can be difficult for many people diagnosed with ADHD, especially kids. Having a quiet room when ever random sound catches your attention (interest) or staying still propose challenges. What can help? Reading in a rocking chair, playing classical music quietly in the background or white noise to drown out other noises can help.
ONE SIZE OF ADHD DOES NOT FIT ALL: It is very important to remember that one remedy that helps an ADHD person will not necessarily help another. It takes some trial and error and a little creativity to find what works and what does not.
A journal to take notes and write down successes and other observations can be very useful.
The more you understand how the ADHD brain works and how people diagnosed with ADHD function, the better you can assist them adapting to the outside world.