"A recent study found regular, half-hour sessions of aerobic activity before school helped young children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder become more attentive and less moody. Other research found a single bout of exercise improved students' attention and academic skills."
I know I've seen this to be true with more than one student at the elementary school where I work. Sometimes the behavior plan includes a morning exercise break, with anything from shooting baskets outside to running laps in the gym. And the payoff is great--students who are unable to focus at all gain the ability to learn in the morning.
I'd love to hear about any other schools who are implementing the idea of morning exercise to help students with ADHD and ADHD-like behavior. What has worked for you?
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