Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today?

Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist from New England, suggests yet another reason why more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it.

According to the post children are constantly in an upright position these days. It is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, and spinning in circles just for fun.

Merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters are a thing of the past. Recess times have shortened due to increasing educational demands, and children rarely play outdoors due to parental fears, liability issues, and the hectic schedules of modern-day society.

The core issue is that children are not nearly moving enough, and it is really starting to become a problem. Due to less movement most of the children have poor core strength and balance.

Ironically, many children are walking around with an underdeveloped vestibular (balance) system today–due to restricted movement.

According to the post in order to develop a strong balance system, children need to move their body in all directions, for hours at a time.

Children are going to school with bodies that are less prepared to learn than ever before. With sensory systems not quite working right, they are asked to sit and pay attention.

Fidgeting is a real problem. It is a strong indicator that children are not getting enough movement throughout the day. We need to fix the underlying issue. According to the post recess times need to be extended and kids should be playing outside as soon as they get home from school. Twenty minutes of movement a day is not enough!

They need hours of play outdoors in order to establish a healthy sensory system and to support higher-level attention and learning in the classroom.

In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.

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