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How Are Kinesthetic Learning and ADD and ADHD Diagnoses Connected?

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Apr 25, 2016 8:14:00 AM
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JAX_ONE_ARM_UP.pngMany children seen at the National Reading Diagnostics Institute in Naperville, Illinois had previously received a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD. In-depth reading evaluation often showed that rather than having ADD or ADHD, these children were kinesthetic learners who needed to engage in gross motor activity to learn best. After they were given the opportunity to learn through methods involving movement, their ADHD-like behavior often disappeared. Kinesthetic learners require body movement and action for optimal results. They need to move around, use their muscles, or explore.

"When a child exhibits behaviors associated with ADHD, consequences may include difficulties with academics and with forming relationships with his or her peers if appropriate instructional methodologies and interventions are not implemented." (US Department of Education)

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Topics: Kinesthetic Learning, adhd